I have been thinking a lot about this lately. I have been praying about it too. In the church or in Christian circles, when we talk about stewardship our thoughts tend to lean more towards the financial aspect of Christian stewardship. When the very word is mentioned, right away tithing, offerings, maybe even donations come to mind. Finances is a very important part, but there really is so much more to what this word stewardship actually means when you are a child of God. As a child of God…you are then given responsibility over things in your life and are called to live a life that honors Him.
Lets look at the actual definition of stewardship.
1: the office, duties, and obligations of a steward
2: the conducting, supervising, or managing of something ; especially : the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care: steward ship of our natural resources
I love the part that describes it as a “careful and responsible management of something that is “entrusted” to our care! ” Entrusted….is
what everything we own is, as a Christian… All that we have; our homes,
jobs, money, resources,family,bodies, and even our church is entrusted
to us to take care of . This world is not our eternal home, but while
we are here we need to take ownership in the area’s of our lives that
are given to us to really take care of the way that God would want us to
do. I really believe that God honors people who honor Him by
caring for the things that we are responsible for daily. While God being
our heavenly father,”owns” it all….we as his children are to take
I know only good things does God have in mind for us. That is a promise from his word. I believe it….I really do. “For
I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord…plans to prosper and
not harm…to give you hope and a future!! ” Jeremiah 29:11
I believe there are times and seasons for everything. There are times to step up and time to relax. There always needs to be ownership though. We are entrusted to care for our bodies, our families, our work, our homes and even our churches. What we do is a reflection to others on the value we put on these things in our life.