Today we come to the conclusion of our “Visual Theology” message series. We’ve been following the outline of Tim Challies and Josh Byers in their book “Visual Theology” as they look at the four basic pursuits of the Christian life.
These four things should be a part of every Christian’s experience.
- We should strive to grow close to Christ.
- We should strive to understand the work of Christ.
- We should strive to become like Christ.
- We should strive to live for Christ.
And I trust that over these past few months, you’ve been able to get a fresh understanding of why and how we do these things and hopefully, you’ve been able to pick up some real practical ways for how to live out those things out in your own life.
But we’re not quite done yet. We’ve got one more topic to tackle as we complete our final section of how we live for Christ.
And so I’d like to introduce one more new word to your vocabulary today: the word is stewardship
Now most of you will have heard of stewards or stewardess – they are the kind folks who take care of you in an airplane while you’re flying somewhere. They bring you drinks and snacks and tell you how to put on your seatbelt and how to exit in an emergency, and all of that good stuff.
But that picture of an airline steward doesn’t really give you an accurate understanding of what stewardship is all about. Stewardship is more than just being a waiter or someone’s personal butler. So to help us understand stewardship, I want to read for you a parable from Matthew 25.