Stewardship is not a definition but is the way a Christian’s life is defined.
It is the recognition that we are caretakers of the gifts God provides
and that we are entrusted to share them with one another.
(1 Peter 4:10)
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.
To further define a life, as a steward, one must recognize that everything belongs to God (Psalm 24:1) The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. and that everything we have is a gift from God. These gifts, or also known as resources, may include (but not limited to) time, talent(s), treasures, finances, friends, family, etc.
As caretakers of these resources, we are to be held responsible and accountable for the resources God has provided.
The responsibility is how we are to care for the resources. Questions
to ask as to our commitment to responsibility of being a steward:
- Are we utilizing these resources with a God-centered focus or a self-centered focus?
- Are we giving back out of love or a feeling of obligation?
- Are we honoring God in everything we do with all of His gifts or hoarding what we receive?
- Are we gracious and thankful or do we live via entitlement?
This responsibility is designed to shape us to be more Christ-like (Ephesians 5:1-2) Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. ; that is not to be served because of wealth and talents, but to serve by virtue of the wealth and talents He has blessed us with. Therefore, stewardship can be expressed through a God-like manner by:
- Volunteering our time and talent(s) with the church or in our community
- Annual giving/tithing to the church or other Biblically based organizations that are designed to further His kingdom
- Planned Giving of our legacy assets to assist Christian
organizations continue the internal and external ministry growth
addition to the responsibility, stewardship ultimately leads up to an
understanding of our accountability to which someday God will ask us
what we did with all of His gifts.
You, then, why do you judge your brother?
Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before
God's judgment seat. So then, each of us will give an account of
himself to God.
However, He holds all of us accountable daily with the resources He
places in our care. Many times God will place blessings upon those whom
responsibly give in a God-honoring way.
Therefore, to be a steward is a joyful fulfillment of God’s designed purpose of our life. As the gifts and/or resources are bestowed on us, responsibility and accountability are also bestowed on us. All He asks is that we care for the gifts He provides us, including the gift of our life which asks that we give it back to Him. (Mark 12:17) Then Jesus said to them, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's." And they were amazed at him.
Is this the approach that works for you?