The Second Sphere of Stewardship

Through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think. – Romans 12:3

The second sphere of stewardship God has entrusted to us is talent. This area includes the skills that God has bestowed on us for His purposes. A more specific word for a Christian’s talent would be giftedness. God doesn’t give us talent just so we can benefit from it. God intends for our gifts to benefit others.

We live in the “me” generation. It seems at times that many people want only to be served and not to serve. But Paul explains that God has given us gifts for the purpose of serving others: “God has allotted to each a measure of faith. For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another” (Romans 12:3-5). 

In these verses, Paul said we shouldn’t lose sight of God’s grace and get the wrong idea about who we are. We are who we are by God’s grace; therefore, we should be willing to serve Him with all He has given us.

In this way, others will grow in their relationship with Him. If we are only recipients of God’s gifts and not conduits of His grace, we’re failing to maximize the full potential of what it means to be a steward in God’s kingdom.