Def: Stewardship is being entrusted with the management of another’s property. A steward is a manager not an owner. The Bible dictionary defines stewardship as the practice of system and proportionate giving of time, abilities and material possessions, based on the conviction that:
- These are a trust from God
- To be used in God’s service for the benefit of all mankind
In the grateful acknowledgement of Christ’s redeeming love stewardship of our spiritual gifts is expressed through our Christian service. All gifts are given for the benefit of the body of Christ. Regardless of the kind of gift, God gives it to us to serve Him and others for the benefit of all in the church. Rom 12:4-8 teaches us that we should fully put into practice what is entrusted to us in humility and faithfulness. All these should be done with an attitude of servant hood.
Truths to understand about stewardship
All that we have has been given to us by God. He owns everything and we are just meant to be managers of the gifts He has given us. Psalm 24:1-2. What we have been given is not for our own satisfaction and comfort. We are meant to serve God with what we have. Everything we have including life comes from God so we can’t boast of anything. (1 Cor 4:7). God expects us to honor him with all that He has given us including our bodies and He will require an account from us. (1 Cor 6:19-20 – our bodies are temples 2 Cor 5:10-we will give an account). In stewardship faithfulness and accountability are primary and key components. (2 Cor 4:2). Whenever we talk about giving what comes into our mind is giving our finances in church. Giving is however very broad. We can give our time, natural talents, spiritual gifts, material possessions, finances and the truth of the gospel.
- Who is a steward?
- Who owns the earth and everything in it? Ps 24:1-2
- In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, what understanding do you develop in regard to time?
- What are some of the things you are natural talented in?
- What Spiritual gifts do you think reflect in your life? Rom 12:6