What is Stewardship?

Warning: ‘Stewardship’ is NOT valued in our culture. People will think you are weird when you talk about it. Good!

‘Stewardship’ is a word that gets thrown around a lot. However, what does stewardship really mean? What does stewardship look like in our everyday lives? How does one become a good steward? I’m going to cover some basics. Hopefully, it will help you get started or reinforce your current role as a good steward.

The dictionary defines ‘Stewardship’ as; the position and duties of a steward, a person who acts as the surrogate of another or others, especially by managing property, financial affairs, an estate, etc. The Bible states that we are not ‘owners’ but managers of material things that God has placed in our charge (see Matthew 25:14-30 & Psalm 24:1). If you believe you own ‘stuff’, I ask you one simple question; “What happens to the ‘stuff’ when you die?” You cannot take ‘stuff’ with you. When one of the wealthiest men in world died, someone asked his accountant, ‘How much money did John D. Rockefeller leave behind?” His accountant replied, “All of it!” (more…)