What comes to your mind when you hear the word stewardship?
Though many of us associate that word primarily with finances, I’m learning that stewardship has many more applications than dollars and cents.
In fact, the concept of stewardship can provide a framework for powerful change in virtually every area of our lives.
I’m at Intoxicated on Life today, sharing an overview of stewardship (including application questions) and the benefits I’ve seen as I train my kids to be good stewards.
Here’s an excerpt:
Stewardship starts with an understanding that every good thing in our lives is a gift from God (John 3:27). No matter what our flesh longs to believe, and no matter what our secular humanist culture tries to impart, the truth is that our very best efforts on our very best days amount to nothing more than filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). Nothing good dwells in us, apart from the grace of God through Jesus Christ (Romans 7:18).
The second important component of stewardship is recognizing that God will hold us accountable for how we manage our blessings (Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 12:42-46). He wants us to use our gifts to serve each other (1 Peter 4:10), and there will come a time when God will either give or withhold rewards based on our works (2 Corinthians 5:10).
When we recognize the gifts of grace God has granted and understand the accountability we have to the Giver of those gifts, we are ready to practice biblical stewardship.