If you would, turn with me in your Bibles to the book of Luke
chapter sixteen. Luke chapter sixteen. And please stand for
the reading of the Word today. Luke chapter sixteen. We’re
going to begin with verse one. And when you reach Luke, the
gospel of Luke chapter sixteen, please signify by saying
1. And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain
rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused
unto him that he had wasted his goods.
2. And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear
this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou
mayest be no longer steward.
3. Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for
my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to
beg I am ashamed.
4. I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the
stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.
5. So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him, and
said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?
6. And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto
him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.
7. Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And
he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto
him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore.
8. And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he
had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their
generation wiser than the children of light.
Let us pray.
Most holy and gracious heavenly Father, we thank You for
who You are and for what You do. Father, hide Your son
behind the cross, that Your people would see You and not me.
And Master, as I decrease I ask that You would increase.
Lord, let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my
heart be acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my strength and my
Redeemer. In Jesus’ holy and blessed Name.
And the people of God said amen. You may be seated in the
house of God.
In verse two he said,
2. And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear
this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou
mayest be no longer steward.
God was speaking to the steward. And He told him that it’s
time for you to give an account of what you have been
When we look at that word “steward,” it means to be a
manager. And with the body of Christ, not only the pastor is
a manager, but all those that work in God’s house are
managers. He said, “Give an account of what I have placed
into your hands.”
And when He began to hear the voice of God speaking to
him, telling him that he must give an account of what was
placed in his hands, fear began to come over him.
You see, a lot of us are not afraid yet. But on that last day, be
afraid. He’s going to tell us, “What have you done with what
I’ve given you?” Oh, you need to hear this today.
You see, we’re of that mentality that God is going to take care
of it. God will take care of it. But what about what God has
placed in your hands? That which He has placed in your
hands, you must take care of it. You must take care of what
He placed in your possession.
He told the steward, He said, “Because you didn’t take care of
it,” He said, “I’m going to take it from you.” You don’t want
to talk to me today.
The Bible says don’t cast your pearls before swine. You see,
when God gives you something in the Kingdom of God, it’s
of great value, and it’s of great wealth.
But see, if I don’t get an understanding that what He has
placed in my hands is of great value and great wealth, I’m
going to trample it up under my feet, just like it don’t mean
anything. And I’ll pretend like I’m doing something when
I’m really not doing nothing. You don’t want to talk to me
He was a manager. Look at your neighbor and say, “I’m a
manager.” See, you wanted to be a manager all your life, but
you just didn’t realize that you was already a manager.”
He said, “You are the steward over this. But I’ve heard some
things about you.”
You see, God is listening to things about you. Do you hear
what I’m saying? He hears everything about you. And when
you have Christ on the inside of you, He wants to hear those
things that represent His Son. Because He will be glorified
through His Son.
But when the things that are being said about you, when
they’re true but they’re not just; they’re not right; they’re not
of good report, it doesn’t make God feel good.
The Bible says He raises up one and taketh down another.
We are stewards over what has been placed in our hands. The
Bible called him an unjust steward. That meant that he was
clever. Oh, you don’t want to hear me today.
That meant that he had some things under the cover. There
was some things that were underhanded about him. And
when he was going about to do the work he was not doing the
work justly. He was unfair. He was crafty. He just wasn’t
Saints of God, some of you are just looking at me like, “This
ain’t my word.” Yes, it is. It’s for you. Mm hmm. Mm
hmm. It’s for you. Yeah. Mm hmm. Yeah.
We’re stewards. And a lot of times what we do is we fixate
on the pastor. There’s nothing wrong with fixating on your
pastor. But there begins to be a problem when you begin to
hold your pastor in the place where you should be holding
Let me tell you why. Because the Bible says that we should
not be man pleasers. And when I’m always trying to please
man, how can I please my God?
But I ain’t talking to you all that ain’t trying to do nothing no
way. You know, you just talking, saying, “Yeah, I ain’t
pleasing no man.” You ain’t even trying to please God. What
you talking about? Folks love it when you say, “Oh, you ain’t
got to please man.” Make you feel good when I say that,
But listen. Being stewards, good stewards, just stewards over
what God has placed into your hands. It’s not just ministry
that God has placed into our hands. He’s placed our families.
He’s placed our jobs, our finances. He’s placed our children
into our hands. And we’ve got to be just stewards over all of
these things. You may not be in the ministry yet, but you are
a steward. Because God has entrusted things to your care.
The steward or the manager is a caretaker. And he knows
better how to take care of that thing than anybody else
because it’s in his possession.
You see, when there is something placed of value into your
possession, and you have been entrusted with something, that
means that you have the ability to be able to look after that
thing. You can’t tell God, “I’m not able to do it,” if God has
already placed it in your hands. He will equip you for the task
Good stewards is what He’s looking for. He’s not looking for
whiney cry babies. It’s tight, but it’s right. It’s real, and it’s
You see, there are always going to be obstacles that are going
to come up in your way. But He has given you power to tread
upon serpents and scorpions.
Being a good steward does not mean that you like everything
that’s going on around you. Being a good steward means that
you’re being a good steward because God has placed it in
How many caretakers we got in the house?
He was a steward. But when he heard that he was going to no
longer be steward, that’s when his mind got to thinking. See,
he should have been thinking all along. But he said, “I can’t
get over no more. I got to think about what I’m going to do.
Because what I was entrusted to is going to be taken from me.
“I know what I’ll do.” He said, “I’ll know what I’ll do. I’ll
go out, and those that owe debts, I’ll begin to cut their debts,
because they will begin to give me favor with them. They’ll
be happy with me. So when I’m no longer steward, I can go
to their house, and they’ll gladly receive me.”
And he began to call them and say, “How much you owe?
No, don’t pay that. Pay this. Don’t give that. Give this.”
And the Bible said that he was now called a good steward,
because of his shrewdness, because he was skilled at what he
But then the Bible said that the children of the world are more
wise or shrewd than the children of light. Because we always
wait until we’re in a bind before we try to do something,
when we should have been doing something all along. Who
am I preaching to in this house today?
This stewardship was in his hands. And with responsibility
See, listen to what I tell you. See, I’m just a man. And I may
not get on you about what you’re not doing. But see,
ultimately you’re going to have to give an account to Him.
See, because what happens is, we begin to hold other things
more important than we hold the things that have been placed
in our hands by God, that are spiritual and things that are in
the Kingdom of... You don’t want to talk to me today. And
we’ll begin to spend more time with those things than we
spend with the thing... Oh, my God. I know I’m preaching to
And then when we’re no longer stewards over it, we’re mad
with God. Say, “Lord, how could You do it?”
And God is saying, “I didn’t do it. You did it.” Oh, my God.
You did it.
It’s just like when you’re on your job at work. Your boss
gives you things to do. But one thing about us, we know that
that paycheck got to come on Friday. So the boss can give us
tons of work to do, and we’ll murmur and we’ll complain.
But I guarantee you by the end of the day we going to get it
But what about God’s stuff? We’ll make every excuse in the
world to why we didn’t get it done, why we can’t practice,
why we... Oh, you don’t want to talk to me today. Why it
ain’t coming out right, why this happen, that happen. Oh,
well. You know, whatever. We’ll just go on.
No, we’re not going to do that. We’re going to do God’s
things with perfection, with skill. If God has placed
something in you... He’s placed a gift in you. God has placed
special things in you. Then you have got to get before God
and give Him your best. And stop trying to sham God. Oh,
A brother talked to me this morning. He ain’t even know
what I was preaching. He said, “the Lord said this word’s for
me today.” It ain’t just for him. It’s for everybody. Mm
Accountability comes with responsibility. You’re
responsible. And God has even made you your brother’s
keeper. You’re responsible for your brother.
You don’t remember when He asked Cain, He said, “Where’s
And Cain was like, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
See, we try to get it for ourselves a lot of time. But what
about for the brothers and the sisters. See, even when
children are growing up, we teach the older ones to take care
and to look after the little ones. And we will whip their tail if
something happen to that little one.
Same in the body of Christ. There’s accountability. There is
accountability. You’re a steward. You’re a steward.
Now what are you going to do? What are you going to do?
Are you going to make excuses on why you can’t do it? I feel
conviction all over this house. Are you going to make
excuses as to why you can’t do it? When He’s placed all this
in your hand. Say, “Lord, I’m looking at this what You’ve
placed in my hand. But this is what I want in my other hand.”
What are you going to do? What are you going to do? What
are you going to do? Are you going to be a good steward?
Or you going to try to get favor with everybody else so that
when judgment come down on you about what you not doing,
folks will say, “Well, why pastor do that? Why pastor say
that to you?”
“I don’t know.”
“Well, we going to find out.” Mm. I’m trying to get you to
Good stewardship, even of finances. We cry and we ask God,
“Why, Lord? Why don’t we have more money?”
“But what about the little that I place in your hand? What did
you do with the little bit?” What do we do with that little bit?
“Well, I don’t even know what I did with it.” Because the
Bible says money takes wings and fly away.
He’s going to say, “Give an account of your money. What are
you doing with it?”
I remember I told you all. My pastor in Atlanta, you know, I
went to him and said, “Pastor, you know, I make X amount of
dollars and stuff. But I can’t see where... Where’s it going?”
And he just looked at me. He said, “It’s in your refrigerator.”
Said, “Golly, pastor. I wasn’t expecting that.”
But then when I looked in my refrigerator, that’s where it
was. I was spending money in places, but overspending it on
the things that pleased my flesh.
Whatever pleases your flesh, that’s what you’re going to
spend the most money on. And then when you don’t have it,
be crying about it.
Good stewardship is what He’s calling us to. Take inventory.
What has He placed in your care? Think about it. Say,
“Lord, what’s in my hands that You’ve given me? Because
it’s precious to You.”
Whatever God gives you in your possession is precious to
Him. It’s precious to Him. It is. That Anointing that He
placed on you is precious to Him.
Too many folks lying in the floor, spitting and slobbering.
Trying to spend months, trying to figure out. Read books on
how to get it. You’ve got it. And then you ain’t even going
to use it. You use it when you want to use it. It came to some
of us too easy.
I remember when God anointed me. I remember. I
remember. I remember when I got saved. Right after I got
saved He said... He anointed me. But I didn’t take that thing
lightly. I didn’t take it lightly. I was a steward of that
Anointing He gave me, to be used whenever He needed it to
be used in my life.
And no matter what was over here that I wanted to do or
needed to do, if God was pulling me over here, because He
had need of me, then that’s where I was going.
It’s precious to Him. You are precious. But what He’s placed
in your hands is precious.
Are you going to be a good steward? Are you going to take
inventory, reevaluate? Or you going to listen to this message
and say, “Oh, it’s a good message”? And say, “Okay. Talk to
you later. Bye, bye.” Is that what you going to do?
Accountability. Accountability. Accountability for what is in
your hands. What are you doing?
“Why you keep saying that, pastor?” Because I’m trying to
get us to think.
Because sometimes I know a lot of us got so much Word in
us. And then my telephone rings. And I say, “Well, where is
that Word that is down inside of you? Because I know it’s
there. You can quote Genesis to Revelations. Because you
done done it to me. Now where is that Word?”
Pull it up. Quote it. When you call me say, “Pastor, I got this
Scripture. But I’m standing on this. This is what going on,
but I’m standing on this. Agree with me.”
We’ve got to be good stewards of the Word. Thy Word have
I hid in my heart. Why? So I can be a good steward, that I
would not sin against You.
Saints, it’s time to reevaluate. It’s time to reevaluate. It’s
time to say... And be truthful with yourself. Don’t lie to
yourself. Don’t deceive yourself. And say, “Am I really a
good steward?” We all have areas that we need to work on.
But we need to ask ourselves that question.
No matter what position you hold, you have got to produce
for the Kingdom of God. There’s got to be some type of
evidence. Now, if you were growing... You know, you
started growing, and everything. And you were moving.
And now you still at the same place where you were a year
ago. But you had grew to that place a year ago. But now you
still right there. Then you’re not being a good steward.
Because you’ve got to go higher in God, higher in Him.
We were called by God before we met our families, before we
met our wives, before we had our children, before we got
hired by that company. We belong to God. And God has got
to be first. He’s got to be first. He’s got to be first. If He is
not first, I don’t care what is going on. He will make you put
Saints of God, you got to give an account for yourself.
I have plenty of notes here, but God is not leading me that
way. He’s not leading me back to my notes.
If you have been a good steward over what has been placed in
your hands, then God is going to raise you up quickly. But if
you have not been a good steward, then just like the Bible
said, your stewardship will be taken from you. That’s just the
way the Bible says it.
Become a good steward if you’re not one. If you used to be
one and you’re not one now, then go back to the old
landmark. But find your way again. Find your way back to
that place of good stewardship. Find your way back there.
And if there’s something going on in your life right now,
don’t let it move you from good stewardship over the things
of God. Because that thing, or those things, or those people,
or whatever it is, will come to naught. God will take it from
you. And you’ll wonder why. And He’ll be calling you back
to your knees all over again. He doesn’t care how mad you
get, how sad you get about it. He’ll bring you back to your
Saints of God, we’re going to conclude this message today.
But I want you to remember this message. Because I told
you. I’ve delivered it to you.
And many of you have callings. Many of you have
ministries. Many of you have anointings. You have it on
your life. But so many different things are distracting you and
pulling you. Put them second, and put God first.
Don’t pretend like you are if you’re not. Don’t sham Him.
Don’t try to pretend. Because God knows the real deal.
(Tongues.) He knows the real deal. He knows when you give
Him your all. He knows. He knows.
Be a good steward over what God has placed in your hands.
Give God a handclap of praise today.