True Stewardship

Many of us have read the parables Jesus told about stewards, but not as many have a comprehensive understanding of what true stewardship means. A steward is an employee charged with managing the estate or affairs of the owner, or someone responsible for serving others and tending to their needs. People most commonly equate lessons on stewardship with money management, but the concept extends far beyond that scope. All forms of stewardship involve a deep trust in God.

In the financial sense, being a good steward means properly managing money. Many people have no idea how to handle it, so they spend all they have on things they want, but don’t need. Money Management 101 isn’t taught in most schools, but fortunately, we find many lessons on this in the Bible. Jesus Himself tells us to be wise enough not to squander it, but to save for the future (Luke 16:1-11).

God knows how important money is to us, so He asks us to trust Him enough to give generously and also tithe a portion of all that we’re blessed with. This has been in place ever since the covenant Jacob made with Him. “And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God: And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee” (Genesis 28:20-22).

God has an abundant supply of everything we need, and He’s ready to pour it out on us when we trust Him. Good stewardship focuses on others, so instead of hoarding money for ourselves, using it to help others fulfills the law of grace. God promises to take care of us when we care for others. “And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19, AMP).
In a broader sense, good stewardship involves how we use the talents and abilities God gave us, and how we maintain the planet.

The world looks at talent as a way to get ahead and make money. Many talented celebrities are focused solely on their bank accounts, how big of a house they can buy, and the expensive cars they want to own. Jesus Himself warns us not to keep our talents to ourselves, but to use them according to God’s purpose (Matthew 25:14-30).

Talents aren’t just developed from a vacuum—they’re blessings from God. When we discover ours, He’ll direct us where to use it if we ask Him for direction. “As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as [befits] good trustees of God’s many-sided grace [faithful stewards of the extremely diverse powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor]” (1 Peter 4:10, AMP).

Globally, maintaining the earth God made for us is good stewardship. “The Lord God took the human and settled him in the garden of Eden to farm it and to take care of it”(Genesis 2:15, CEB). Unfortunately, we haven’t done a good job of taking care of the planet He entrusted us with. Pollution and global warming can attest to that. All good things come from God, but we must trust Him enough to care for what He gives us according to His Word.

— Creflo Dollar