Stewardship. Some friends say it’s too big a word, almost like those seemingly distant virtues we do not commonly hear in our Christian Living or Religion class. Unlike the popular Faith, Hope and Love; stewardship as a virtue or even a term is as infrequently discussed casually as ‘chastity’.
But really, stewardship comes out in everything we do; and the concept is quite simple to understand. The simplicity of stewardship, though, does not guarantee that it is always easy to live by.
The Creation Story in Genesis gives us probably the earliest example of the stewardship command from God. Genesis Chapter 1 goes, “God said to them: Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that crawl on the earth.”
God has given us everything we need, as well as the authority to “rule over” His creation. In return and out of love, we prove Him worthy of the trust He has given us by being good caretakers of our resources. This is stewardship.
5 Things You Need to Know About Stewardship
- Stewardship is acknowledging that everything comes from God.
- Stewardship is being responsible for our God-given resources of time, talent and treasure.
- Stewardship is a joyful expression of love for God and neighbors.
- Stewardship is giving your best.
- Stewardship should be a way of life.