The Great Purpose of Christian Stewardship
1 Chronicles 16:23–36
Retired missionary Paul R. Lindholm begins a reflection on what he views as the overriding purpose of Christian stewardship—glorifying God—with a humorous vignette:
A church choir director asked a clerk in a music store for a copy of an anthem with the title, “The Glory of the Lord.” The clerk called to the person working in the storage shelves for a copy. Finding none, the clerk called down: “The Glory of the Lord” is out of print.
In print and in thought, the shekinah glory of our Lord does not have the prominence nor attention it should have.
The Westminster Shorter Catechism highlights this subject in its very first question and answer:
Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
What a mind-boggling thought: God created us for the purpose of glorifying and enjoying him! Are you tempted at first glance to question God’s motivation? The fact is that God is a spiritual being who is social. Certainly he enjoys intimacy within the Godhead and among the angels. But beyond that, he desires authentic and voluntary fellowship with the beings he created to be in relationship with him. The enjoyment part is reciprocal (see Zep 3:17). And Psalm 8:4–5even proclaims that God crowns us with a measure of glory and honor. When we think of stewardship, how readily does this aspect occur to us? Lindholm goes on:
Before Solomon built the temple in Jerusalem, his father King David had the Ark of the Covenant that contained the two stone tablets on which were engraved the Ten Commandments brought there.
The Ark was the symbol of the presence of God. When the Ark was first placed in the tabernacle in Jerusalem many offerings were made. Then a long hymn of thanksgiving was sung with the chorus accompanied by a large instrumental band. In the hymn were the lines:
Declare his glory among the nations … Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name (1Ch 16:24,29).
The words, “Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name” [appear] many times throughout the Psalms.
Think About It:
- Going back to Lindholm’s opening anecdote, how readily do we think of proclaiming and reflecting back the glory of our Creator as key to our God-ordained stewardship role?
- In what ways has proclamation of the shekinah glory gone “out of print”?
- What role does praise play in your daily prayers?
Pray About It:
Dear Father God,
I praise you and worship you. Thank you for your mighty works and deeds!
Our relationship with the Lord in to be held in High Reverence (Psalm 89:7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.)
Praise the Lord in all occassions, prayer and supplications. Worshipping the Lord in spirit and truth! Amen
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.
Having yet therefore one son, his well
beloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.
Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him.
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods.
And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the Lord; because he is good, for his mercyendureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.
I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.
1 Timothy 2:1
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
Worshipping the Lord
And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his
face to the
ground: and all Judah and the
inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord
, worshipping the Lord
- John 4:23
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
John 4:22-24 (in Context) John 4 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
- John 4:24
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
John 4:23-25 (in Context) John 4 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
- John 14:17
even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
John 14:16-18 (in Context) John 14 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
- John 16:13
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
John 16:12-14 (in Context) John 16 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
- Ephesians 5:9
(for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth😉
Ephesians 5:8-10 (in Context) Ephesians 5 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations