John Wesley: Short, Uncertain Space

“Give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.” Luke 16:2

“In so many respects are the children of men stewards of the Lord, the Possessor of heaven and earth: So large a portion of His goods, of various kinds, hath he committed to their charge. But it is not forever, nor indeed for any considerable time: We have this trust reposed in us only during the short, uncertain space that we sojourn here below; only so long as we remain on earth, as this fleeting breath is in our nostrils.

The hour is swiftly approaching, it is just at hand, when we “can be no longer stewards!”

The moment the body “returns to the dust as it was, and the Spirit to God that gave it,” we bear that character no more; the time of our stewardship is at an end. Part of those goods wherewith we were before entrusted are now come to an end; at least, they are so with regard to us; nor are we longer entrusted with them: And that part which remains can no longer be employed or improved as it was before.”
John Wesley (1703-1791) in “The Good Steward” Sermon 51.2.1.

The world wants each of us to think that life is a long journey during which we are our own master. Alternatively, God’s Word and John Wesley with passion teach us that life is a “short, uncertain space” in which we serve as stewards of gifts, goods, and the greatest treasure of all, the gospel. Thus, we must live in a state of readiness to give an account for our stewardship. Are you ready?

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