The definition of a steward is one whose care or honor has been entrusted; a guardian; a manager. The word is used to describe the function of delegated responsibility. As Christians, we are stewards because all things are God’s. We know we can trust God (Heb. 6:18; Eph. 3:20; Matt. 7:9-11; Rom. 5:8). But can God trust us in the stewardship of …
Resources: Every resource, every financial blessing, every material blessing is a gift from God (James 1:17). God has entrusted us with all these things. But these material resources are to be our tools, not our master. We are not to hoard them. God has blessed us so we can bless others.
Abilities: God has put abilities and talents in our trust (Rom. 12:6-8). And to whom much has been given, much will be expected in return (Luke 12:48). He has given us our abilities to serve others in order to glorify Him (I Pet. 4:10-11).
Opportunities: The opportunities that come our way are gifts from God; He expects us to use them to His glory. God grants us opportunities to do good to others (Gal. 6:10). Every day is filled with opportunities to serve God by the way we behave and speak to others (Eph. 4:29).
Relationships: Our contact with others is a gift of God, and He expects us to be good stewards of those relationships — family, friends, work or in the church. Being a good steward of our relationships means being the servants. It means viewing others as more important (Phil. 2:3-4).
Time: We must make the most of our time (Eph. 5:15-17). We are to value our time and view it as precious. Let us take advantage of the opportunities for service. Choose to invest our time, not waste it.
Gospel: Paul viewed himself as a steward of God’s gospel (I Cor. 4:1-2). His duty was to faithfully teach it. We, too, are the tools God uses to pass along His word. Christ’s sacrifice has put us in a position to earn salvation, and we want others to share that same blessing.
We know we can trust God, but can He trust us? Me? You?