What is stewardship? The basic stewardship definition that most people refer to is the management or care of something. You can be a steward of many things including a project at work, a piece of property, family possessions and more.
The type of stewardship I’m going to share is related to money and possessions.
The Bible clearly states in Psalms 24:1 that everything on earth is the Lord’s.
1 Corinthians 4:2 shares that people are servants of Christ and entrusted with the things of God. It goes on to say that man must prove faithful with what has been entrusted into his care.
That’s the basic definition of financial stewardship. If we consider this further, we can see that everything we have truly belongs to God. That includes all of our money and possessions.
Obviously, it’s easy to get caught up in those things and think that what we have is all by our own doing. The truth is that God provides those things for us to manage for Him and for His purposes.
So, how do you become a faithful steward or prove faithful in your duties?
There are many scriptures in the Bible that tell us how to be faithful with God’s possessions which include principles of saving (Proverbs 21:20), avoiding debt (Proverbs 22:7), contentment (Philippians 4:11-13) and certainly, giving (Matthew 6:33).
Howard Dayton, founder of Compass – Finances God’s Way, sums it up nicely with this quote:
A faithful steward is completely honest, works hard, gives generously, spends wisely, saves regularly, avoids debt, invests steadily and trains children.
Those are certainly a lot of responsibilities to think about and the job of being a faithful steward is not a small one. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with so many things we need to be doing to fulfill our responsibilities and the expectations of a steward.
I heard Howard Dayton state on his radio show once that all we need to do is just to focus on being faithful today. That’s right. Take it one day at a time and focus on giving of our first fruits to the Lord and trusting Him to provide for our needs. Save what you can and spend as wisely as possible.
I truly believe there is a reward for faithful stewards. It’s not necessarily monetary or that we prove faithful so we can be blessed. I believe the reward is a stronger relationship with the Lord and one of deep trust in Him as the provider. Furthermore, our faithfulness in handling God’s possessions wisely, allows God to work through us to impact others.
What do you think about this definition of stewardship and our responsibilities of proving faithful as God’s stewards?