Once you come to realize that all material possessions and earthly things will burn away, it changes your perspective. The world thinks that this earthly life is the sum of our existence and that everything within it is the sum of our reward. Based on that understanding, everything we do on earth matters in a way that has us pursue as much gain, reward and satisfaction as we can because one day, it will all come to an end.
One of the beautiful bounties and benefits of being a kingdom steward is that the Owner takes ultimate responsibility for His management team. When you insist on acting as an owner rather than as a manager, you will have to take responsibility for the outcomes yourself. Self-ownership creates a major problem in our culture because it places these so-called owners at the mercy of their own control.
For many, going to work can be a real chore. Dealing with unreasonable employers, co-workers, and customers can make having a job an unpleasant experience. On top of that, we live in a fallen world. In light of that, can a person really have a meaningful work experience, filled with joy and satisfaction? The answer to that is a resounding yes. It simply requires having God’s perspective every time we enter the workplace.
God wants you to maximize your potential on earth. He seeks to do this by incentivizing what you do. He has laid out incentives for you to aim for during this time of kingdom stewardship. It’s only when you, as a kingdom steward, rightly position yourself in God’s kingdom program through the choices you make that rewards will be made available to you. These make up some of the key abundant life benefits that Jesus offers to His followers (John 10:10).
Jesus Christ existed before time. He is the Lord over time. Yet out of love for us, He stepped into the limits of time to model for us a life pleasing to God and die for us so that we might be empowered to live such a life.