Steward Not Owner

As a Pastor, I am called to be His spiritual supervisor “so to speak.” In other words, I am entrusted with the hearts of others to nurture,  encourage, equip, correct, rebuke  to love with His Truth, and to lead them into the Truth of who He is; then, I am  to empower them to do the same for someone else.  I am not a dictator, sin sniffer nor owner of my gift(s) or any position that He has given me. I am a spiritual steward.
Therefore, I must be careful not to lord my position over anyone as if they were to lift me higher. I am not to be as the world’s “celebrity.”  NO, His great love is equally given to me as it is to you; our calling may just be different.   The Floor Church is not my church,  it is His. Empowering Women Hawaii, WorshipFest- Hawaii, or any other ministries that I’ve been privileged to lead are not my ministries; they too are my Master’s; I am simply a steward of.   
Therefore, it is not my responsibility to grow His church – to change a person’s life – to be fruitful in numbers  or abundant resources, it is my Master’s responsibility – the One who has called me. I am a steward; He will grant all increase and bring forth the fruit of my labor.  I am simply called to do and to be obedient to what He tells me to do always; the results of what I do are His; for His glory and fame always – never mine. 
I take delight in this, for as a steward, there is not pressure for me to produce or to perform; I can rest – Matthew 11:28-30 (ESV) says: 28 “Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly i heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” As a steward, I simply TRUST & OBEY; period. 
My prayer today is that all those called  by God and gifted with a certain talent, would shift the paradigm from ownership to stewards. That we would break down the wall that separates us as the Body of Christ or from those who have less and help each other out. I pray that we would knock over the pedal stool that attempts to lift us higher, and simply do the works of ministry by loving those around us; encouraging, equipping and empowering others to do likewise. That we would allow the One who has called us to do what only He can do in us and through us. 
When we surrender to the calling of stewardship, He will use our lives to impact the communities around us with His gospel preached and seen – to bring glory to His name. This is the only thing that should really matter-right?
Pastor Arlene