What or who is a faithful steward? Biblical stewardship can be consciously be defined as Utilizing and managing all resources God provides for His glory and the betterment of His creation. The central essence of biblical world view stewardship is managing everything God brings into the believer’s life in a manner that honors God.Every faculty you have, your power of thinking and wherever you can do with your body from moment to moment, is given to you by God. If you devote 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.
Being a good steward of God’s blessings requires certain characteristics, or virtues. 1 Corinthians 4:2 says, “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” If you Want to be a faithful steward of the blessings God has given you,then you must posses the following virtues:-
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1.Confidence in Christ is an essential characteristic of a faithful steward. Action is an important attribute to our faith in Christ. As Christians, we are told to “go” and “do.” The encouragement from the author of Hebrews in the verse above reminds us to persevere in our faith.Our confidence must have healthy roots in, and watered daily by, God’s Word. We establish this solid base by setting aside time for Him each day. Scripture promises when we seek Him, we will find Him. Pride will sidetrack us if we’re not diligent to check the motives of our hearts with the hope in Christ our faith is built upon. God is sovereign and just. Romans 8:31 reminds, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (NIV) When we “go” and “do” out of motives aligned with His purposes, we become faithful stewards for our Good Father.
“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” – Acts 20:35.Life in an entitled society makes it hard to focus on living to glorify God. We are very caught up in what we deserve, what others deserve, and what we lack in comparison to the social media feeds we scroll through each day. An increase in humility reminds us of God’s rightful position at the top spot of our hearts. Without it, we are simply living to glorify ourselves with achievements and possessions. Humility is an important guidepost, helping to center our hearts correctly in order to be good stewards with godly intentions.
“This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” – 1 Corinthians 4:1-2.We worry a lot. Anxiety is the root cause of many mental and physical sicknesses. So lacking is our trust in God to provide for us physically and emotionally, we are falling into a despair that affects all aspects of our health. Being a good steward of God’s gifts requires us to trust Him, and believe what He says about being generous and hard working. We are called by God to take care of those He’s placed around us, and He promises to care for us. To replace worldly worry with trust in God, we must seek Him daily and prayerfully in His Word.
“Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own housed, has denied the faith and is worse than the unbeliever.” – 1 Timothy 5:8.Forgiveness plays the heart strings that sing of someone else’s worthiness and our entitlement. If we haven’t fully forgiven, we cannot fully serve and steward all God has assigned to us. The above verse speaks of providing for relatives. Because they are the closest to us, we often hold them to impossibly critical standards. God teaches us, through the difficulty of living in family and extended family, how to continually forgive each other through we press on every last nerve. Though we often aim to grow up, out, and away from our home base, our responsibility to our families is Biblically clear.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…” – Colossians 3:23.The ability to steward God’s gifts well requires our obedience to do what He has called us to do. It’s probably not going to come from a voice in a burning bush like God did for Moses, but we will undoubtably be able to determine where God is leading us when we seek Him with all of our hearts. Through prayer and time in God’s Word, we can receive clear direction from Him, as He promises. Like answered prayer, our next steps of obedience may not look the way we thought they would, but nevertheless they will assuredly be there. However, James wrote, we cannot simply be hearers of the word, we must do what it says. When we live our lives in touch with God through prayer and worship, and in communication with Him through His world, we put ourselves in the rightful position to obey Him and be good stewards.
A steward is one who manages the possessions of another. We are all stewards of the resources, abilities and opportunities that God has entrusted to our care, and one day each one of us will be called to give an account for how we have managed what the Master has given us.This is the maxim taught by the Parable of the Talents. God has entrusted authority over the creation to us and we are not allowed to rule over it as we see fit. We are called to exercise our dominion under the watchful eye of the Creator managing his creation in accord with the principles he has established.Like the servants in the Parable of the Talents, we will be called to give an account of how we have administered everything we have been given, including our time, money, abilities, information, wisdom, relationships, and authority.We will all give account to the rightful owner as to how well we managed the things he has entrusted to us.
In Colossians 3:23-24 Paul writes:Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.The Bible shows us in the parables of the Kingdom that faithful stewards who do the master’s will with the master’s resources can expect to be rewarded incompletely in this life, but fully in the next.We all should long to hear the master say what he exclaims in Matthew 25:21.”Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!
As Christians in the 21st century, we need to embrace this larger biblical view of stewardship, which goes beyond church budgets or building projects, though important; it connects everything we do with what God is doing in the world.We need to be faithful stewards of all God has given us within the opportunities presented through his providence to glorify him, serve the common good and further his Kingdom.