Part of God’s plan for the earth was that people would be stewards of His resources. Beginning with Adam and Eve and extending through the ages to include us and our children, people are stewards of the rich resources of God’s creation. That means we are to be fruitful and multiply, develop and invest, and generally manage with wisdom the resources of God’s earth. And as stewards it is incumbent upon us to make the most of God’s resources as Jesus taught in the parable of the talents. And it is in this investment and development of God’s resources that we move from success to significance in life. Success may be found in accumulating, but significance is found in investing, developing and extending. Remember what King David said when he dedicated the temple,
O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name! But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you have already given us! 1 Chronicles 29:13-14
King David exalts the Lord for the ability to give away wealth, not the ability to create it. As a great king, professional soldier, and successful businessman, David did have abundant resources to manage; but it does not appear that God was upset by the fact that David had acquired that wealth. Even as a king, David humbled himself and recognized that God is the One from whom all blessings flow.
The difference between successful lives and significant lives will always be determined by how we develop and invest what God gives us, in people and kingdom work, not on how much we accumulate. Let us be among those who view our resources in light of the stewardship of God, investing in people, and creating a legacy of significance which far surpasses mankind’s typical, small-thinking, accumulation of things.