What is Stewardship?

February 4, 2011

I am asked a lot of questions about finances and many of the questions involve stewardship.  Most people think about budgeting and giving when they hear the word stewardship.  In scripture stewardship is a much broader subject.  The word stewardship is from a compound Greek word.  The first syllable is house and the second is law.  So you put those two together and you get a guy who is a ruler of a household.   He has some responsibilities but it’s not his household.  Typically he was appointed by the patriarch of the family to manage his affairs.  When you consider stewardship this way, you realize that you are a steward of the Lord.  All the stuff we have is really God’s and we are merely the ones administering that stewardship.  We forget it’s not our stuff.  We hold on to it and grasp it, but we have no right to do that.  We manage our resources for the Lord’s purposes.

There are many examples of stewards in the Bible.  Probably one you haven’t considered is the Lord Jesus Christ.  He was a steward of God’s mysteries.  When He was twelve years old as recorded in Luke chapter two, He spent some time in the temple.  His parents did not know where He was.  When they finally found Him after three days in the temple, He asked them, “Didn’t you know I had to be about my Father’s business?”  Like Christ being about our Father’s business should be our highest priority!

In a broader sense there are many things about stewardship that we don’t normally consider.  I want you to be thinking about how you can take dominion of your life and accomplish what God lays on your heart.  This idea of dominion has been around a long time.  Even from Genesis chapter one, God told Adam and Eve that they should go and multiply, subdue the earth and have dominion over it.  God wants you to take dominion over your life and rule over it, so that all that you have would be available to Him to use as He directs you.  So my question to you is, “What resources do you have and what does God want you to accomplish with those resources?”  So, that takes it out of the realm of generic budgeting or giving.  It puts stewardship in the light of finding out specifically about what God wants you to accomplish through your life.  Stewardship is about making your financial resources available for God’s special purpose.


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