WHAT IS STEWARDSHIP?
Stewardship isn’t a new concept, but today in America it does feel somewhat counter-cultural. It can be defined as: “the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care”. Stewardship can cover a range of subjects. The theme of stewardship is woven throughout the Bible, and displayed clearly in Psalms 24:1: “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.” That verse explains that EVERYTHING is owned and then gifted by God - our relationships, children, money, time, and talents. We are responsible for how we manage (steward) each of these, and effective stewardship looks like managing God’s gifts for his glory according to his will.
The Impact of Stewardship
Nearly every decision we make impacts the stewardship of our lives, and the lives around us. My prayer is that the way I spend my life is glorifying to God and ultimately fruitful. Stewardship applies to our financial management as we desire to steward our money with intention for God’s glory. Stewardship applies to our parenting, as God is ultimately responsible for the outcome of our children’s hearts, but we do the best we can to prayerfully raise them in faith and love. Stewardship applies to our time, as every hour matters in our lives, and no one knows how much time remains.
Faithful stewardship applies to everything and has the power to impact generations for years to come.