30 Questions on Stewardship (Part 3 of 3)

Christianity & Business, Servant Leadership

If you’ve been tracking with the FIRST and SECOND installments of this three part journey, then you are ready to review the last 10 questions! These are the kinds of questions we live out the tension of regularly as peers in C12 Groups around the world. But these are questions every believer needs to wrestle with and I hope these final 10 will deliver fruitful conversations for you with God, your spouse, your family, your business peers, and community!

  • Would You (God) ever say to me, when I stand before your judgment seat (Bema Story), “You blew it – you sold those shares and gave them to feed the hungry and evangelize the lost, and then two years later the market peaked’? Or would God say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant’?
  • Is it ever wrong to give to God now rather than wait until later? What’s the eternal downside of giving now? What’s the eternal downside of delaying giving until later? Am I really in danger of giving too much too soon? Or is the only real danger giving too little too late? “But if I give away most of my assets now, what will I give from later?” Is the answer “from whatever God chooses to provide?” If Christ commended the poor widow (Mark 12) for giving to God everything she had – considering her faithful, not irresponsible – how much would I Have to give away before He would consider me irresponsible?
  • Why do I want to hold on to my wealth? Am I trying to prove something? What and to whom? Is it pride? Power? Prestige? Selfishness? Insecurity? Fear? Am I a control freak? Or is it just because it’s normal and I’m going with the flow of my culture? Do you want me to go with that flow, God? Or to do something different, maybe radically different?
  • Am I living to hear others say of me, “he/she’s a great success” or to have God say of me, “Well done my good and faithful servant?”
  • Instead of asking “Why should I give this away?” does God want me to ask “Why shouldn’t I give this away?” Should I put the burden of proof on keeping rather than on giving? When money comes in, should giving rather than keeping be my default, the rule not the exception? Unless there’s a compelling reason to keep, should I normally give? (Why give? the answer, Biblically, couldn’t be more obvious. Why keep? When we already have so much, that’s what demands an explanation.)

Should I put the burden of proof on keeping rather than on giving?

  • Am I hanging onto excess money as a backup plan in case God fails me? Is my fear of health catastrophes and old age creating an inertia in my giving, because I imagine I must provide everything for myself in case something goes wrong? Considering that the vast majority of people in history and most in the world today have nothing stored up for retirement, am I too preoccupied with putting treasures in retirement funds? Are you calling me to work without a net -or with less of a net – trusting you’ll catch me in case of a fall?
  • How can I better communicate with and pray with my spouse so we can walk together down this exhilarating road of giving, leading each other but not leaving each other behind?
  • What am I doing to train my children to be generous givers – and not just donors, but disciples?
  • How are you calling me to steward my influence to share this message with my friends? Who could benefit from these questions?
  • 5 minutes after I die, what will I wish I would have given away while I still had the chance? Help me spend the rest of my life closing the gap between what I’ll wish I’d given then and what I’m actually giving now. Empower me to help others do the same. Will you, God, for your eternal glory?

These are not easy questions. You have to wrestle with your answer to them. What changes do these provoke in your thinking? Will that translate to action? Who will hold you accountable for those and journey with you?

*these questions are a compilation of ones authored originally by Randy Alcorn and Tim Keller

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  • Kevin Miller Bio

    With over a decade of experience in marketing leadership, brand management, and business development, Kevin has helped numerous companies refine and implement plans to create exponential growth.

    Prior to joining C12, Kevin led a successful Florida-based brand strategy consulting business focused on growing small and medium-sized businesses. Entrepreneurial in spirit, Kevin also has a diverse background in launching start-ups as well as helping struggling or stagnant businesses develop a new course of action. His experience incorporates knowledge from multiple industries including textile manufacturing and design, medicine, real estate, technology, web development, and the creative arts.

    After attending the University of Central Florida where he studied Music Performance, Kevin became involved in worship arts and youth ministries, serving for several years in various leadership roles. He and his wife Beth, an elementary school administrator, have been married since 2000. Together with two sons Kyle and Kamden, they enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities including hiking, hunting, fishing, and backpacking.

  • Troy Blackmon Bio

    Troy came to The C12 Group in 2008, with a diverse background in executive leadership, sales development, team building, and operations. Through his role as VP of Field Operations, he is committed to serve, equip and encourage CEOs and business owners to lead thriving companies that honor the Lord and serve people.

    During his tenure at Chick-fil-A, Inc. Troy learned that business excellence and glorifying God in the marketplace go hand in hand. Troy managed a P&L of $35+ million in revenue and coached business owners in operational excellence and improving financial results.

    In addition, Troy has been involved in leading small group ministry, including planting a church in Seattle, WA. Troy was formerly Partner at OneAccord, a management-consulting firm focused on accelerating revenue for mid-market companies. While at OneAccord, Troy was privileged to work with numerous technology companies in senior leadership positions, managing sales, marketing, and business development activities. Troy most recently served as the President of a technology private equity group, where he led the management teams of 4 portfolio businesses.

    Troy is married to his high school sweetheart, Shanna, and has been blessed with 4 children. He enjoys golf, cycling, and mountain biking with his family.

  • Mike Sharrow Bio

    Mike joined C12 as a member in 2010 while serving as an executive pastor for a large church in Texas and owner of a healthcare strategy consulting group.  Prior to that, he had served in a variety of leadership roles in both operations and sales corporately for the Walgreen Company, financial services as well as strategic development work with Health by Design.  In 2011 he exited his commitments to join the local C12 practice in San Antonio as an associate chair serving CEOs across that market.  In 2013 he and a partner acquired the greater Central Texas region and stewarded it as it grew to a team of 8 full-time chairmen serving nearly 150 leaders.  Mike is passionate about collaboration, strategic planning, Gospel initiatives and BHAG endeavors.

    With a background spanning Fortune 50 corporate settings, startups, non-profit and local church, Mike has been discipled into an integrated life perspective around the calling all believers share to be disciple-making disciples and ambassadors of Christ across all vocations and contexts.  It was in 2005 when God revealed to Mike the perils of a “sacred versus secular” duality in life and since then he’s been on the adventure of living one life in Christ, with work as worship, business as ministry and life as mission.

    Mike grew up in Alaska, graduated from Trinity International University and the Loyola Graduate School of Business.  He married his bijou of an Iowa farmers daughter, Jacqui, in 2002 and they have 2 girls, Elayna and Sophia.