As I have been studying and reading articles and books on “Stewardship” in preparation for our sermon series, I have been challenged in many ways.
Like most people I have spoken with, my understanding of the word steward has been incorrect and distorted. For many years, I have exclusively associated the word “stewardship” with “money”. In the New Testament, the word that is translated as “steward” comes from the Greek word oikonomos, which has a broader definition and interpretation. In his book Who’s In Charge Here?, Jay Link writes,
“By definition, a steward is ‘a person who manages another’s property or financial affairs; one who administers anything as the agent of another or others, a manager.’ So, for us to be ‘stewards for God’, we must acknowledge that all we are and all we have belong to Him. We are charged with managing His property according to His wishes.”
The biblical sense of stewardship is holistic. It relates to every facet of our lives. Ownership belongs to God, not us (Psalm 24:1-2). What God desires from us as stewards are to be faithful managers of what he has entrusted to us (1 Corinthians 4:2). I would like us to ponder on this question: “Am I managing God’s resources (Time, Talent and Treasure) well?”