“As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” (1 Peter 4:10)
What is steward and why is that important to us as believers in Christ? This is what we will explore this week.
What is a steward? A biblical world view of stewardship can be consciously defined as: “Utilizing and managing all resources God provides for the glory of God and the betterment of His creation.”
WHAT CAN WE GIVE BACK TO GOD?
Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Ephesians 4:11-12 “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: ”
Stewards make a commitment to take care of their master’s goods. They commit their time and talents to this endeavor. A good steward will not be distracted by anything that gets in the way of their stewardship.
Christians are to be good stewards of God’s goods. He wants us to be obedient to His word, use His resources in a way that will bring glory to Him, and place His priorities first.
Are we that kind of steward?
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001