Every Christian has been given a responsibility (the stewardship) by God to look after the things of this earth and ensure that it is used to give glory to His name. A father is the overseer of his family, the church worship leader answers to God regarding his ministry, the pastor is the steward of the Gospel, a student is accountable to God to study diligently, a business owner must deal honestly as he represents God… and the list goes on. Every Christian is a steward of God.
Stewardship comes from the Greek oikenomous which refers to someone who manages a household.
No, stewardship is not all about money. Whether or not you have a bank account, manage your family’s finances, or run a million dollar business, you are still a steward of whatever you have in your hands right now.
Simply put, you are answerable to God for how you “manage” your life on earth and everything in it— this is stewardship — of your time and treasures, your skills, church ministry, your profession, the role you play in your family, and ultimately, your entire life.
Now that you understand these truths, go through the quick stewardship test below to see how well you are performing in your God-given role. Count how many questions you answer positively and take note of the areas that need improvement.
1. Do you fully understand the essential truth that everything you have belongs to God?
If so, then you need to seek God’s guidance before every decision you make, whether you’re just making weekend plans or taking a big business investment.
2. Do you generally refer to the things around you as “mine”: my life, my money, my car, my time?
Nothing on earth is yours; everything is entrusted to you by God. But it is so easy for so many Christians to refer to their existence and say, “This is my life.”
3. Do you put God first with your time, effort, and money?
If so, then God should receive your quality time, your most diligent work, and the firstfruits of your labor. This is a good steward’s response to God’s goodness.
4. Do you live with integrity?
God has entrusted you with so much blessings and He requires that you manage them with integrity. As the Bible says, “…whoever can be trusted with little can be trusted with much.”
5. Do you practice self-control?
If so, when was the last time you used your credit card, was it for an urgent need? Remember, a good steward understands the difference between his needs and his desires.
6. Are you engaged in any form of service to others?
As God’s stewards we must follow His example of servanthood. God desires that we use our life and resources to reach out to others and be a blessing.
7. Do you often worry about your family’s finances or your children’s needs?
Why worry when all these are God’s? Once you fully realize this truth, then there’s no reason to worry about not having enough money to pay the bills, or that your children will not be provided for—even they belong to God.
“Every faculty you have, your power of thinking or of moving your limbs from moment to moment, is given you by God. If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service, you could not give Him anything that was not in a sense His own already.” – C. S. Lewis