Sometime last fall during our drought in East Tennessee, I had heard on the news that the birds were in desperate need of places to clean their feathers. Due to all of the brush fires in the surrounding area, their feathers were covered in ash. Doing my part as a bird lover, I dug out a glass pie pan, filled it with water, and placed it on my deck. It still sits there more than 6 months later. From my kitchen table, I can see the homemade birdbath and feeder. Every few days I rinse out the pan and add fresh water. It is a place many birds visit throughout the day.
It’s a small act of stewardship. God has created many beautiful things for us to enjoy. He has also given us the responsibility to care for those things.
Stewardship, as defined by Meriam-Webster Dictionary, is the job of taking care of something. In 1st Corinthians, Paul calls the servants of Christ, stewards of the mysteries of God, required to be found faithful. (4:1,2) God’s greatest creation was not the fish of the sea or the birds of the air, but you and I. Holy and dearly loved, we are called to be stewards of ourselves. Paul continues on in his letter to Corinth, referring to our bodies as the temple of the Holy Spirit. (1st Corinthians 6:19,20) The very mysteries and revelations of God reside within His believers. And, we are called to glorify God in our bodies.
Are you a steward of God’s temple?
I watch the birds find a faithful place of food and care. They sing their songs and inhabit the trees surrounding my home. It is a haven and safe place. As believers our faithfulness to God’s temple, to the mysteries of God and the dwelling of the Spirit, is our most important act of stewardship.
Speaking to the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4, Jesus says; “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” (v 13,14) He continues to say, “But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” (v 23,24)
Just as the birds need a place of sanctuary, our bodies seek the nourishment of a living God. Be diligent in your care of His beautiful temple. It is our act of stewardship that we seek this bubbling spring full of truth. Feed your soul with a faithfulness to prayer, to worship, and to His Word. There is a Spirit within you, desiring to have its song heard.
In a season of draught or the fruitfulness of spring, His spirit dwells in us. We are stewards in all seasons. A welcome place for the very presence of God.