Stewardship is more than just making wise use of your money or giving to the poor. To capture it in a nutshell, it’s acknowledging that everything you have belongs to God and you have been entrusted with your entire life to live it according to God’s will and to glorify Him.
Once you fully understand this then you will be in a better position to accomplish your role and calling on this earth.
The previous stewardship articles have covered a great deal about this Biblical principle, including a few key Bible passages about it and how a steward should be like. Now, it’s time to look at some Biblical advice on how to be the Christian steward God requires.
In an online sermon by John MacArthur on True Servants of Christ, he highlights one of the most important requirements of God’s minister (steward)—faithfulness and trustworthiness. According to MacArthur, this is the standard by which God will judge every steward.
He writes, “[A steward] is entrusted with the master’s household possessions, businesses, and money; and without faithfulness he will bring about wholesale ruin. Above all, God wants His ministers, His servant-stewards, to be trustworthy. “
In 1 Corinthians 4:2 (ESV) it says, “Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.”
Honor God with your Life
The Bible teaches, “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31, NIV). This teaching should govern all your actions in your daily life. If you let this passage be the basis of all your decisions, relations, the words that come out of your mouth, then you will be on the path of the steward and servant that God desires.
Once your motive in everything you think, say, or do is to glorify God then it will follow that you will honor Him with your time, skills, money, business, and everything else.
Spend time doing God’s business
If you really think about it, you will be surprised to learn how many hours of your life is spent on the internet, watching TV, listening to music, or reading pocketbooks. No, there is nothing wrong with all these but did you ever stop and compare how much less time you spend on things that have eternal value?
As John MacArthur so aptly put it in one of his sermons, “As stewards of the King, we have been called to so much more than our own entertainment.”
The Bible says in Matthew 6:21, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Check yourself and see if you are living your life as the steward God desires or are you merely satisfying your own daily pleasures.
There are so many more Biblical principles to follow if one truly desires to live a life of service and obedience to God. As you soak up daily on God’s word and walk according to His ways, God will lead you along the path of becoming the servant-steward He requires.