What does stewardship mean? Stewardship is defined as the job of supervising or taking care of something, such as an organization or property. Now with that said, let’s take a look at the Bible. In scripture, “The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein.” (Psalm 24:1). Everything is the Lord’s, even us. We can possess nothing because God owns it all. We are simply here to manage or supervise what is given to us. This leads us to another verse in scripture, in Luke 16:10 Christ says, “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.” If we are to be good stewards, we must recognize this responsibility. If we are faithful in managing His money and resources, then we will be given more to manage for Him. If we are unjust in our stewardship we should not be surprised if even what little we do have is taken away. (Luke 8:18)
Another good example of this is found in the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30). In the time of the New Testament a talent was considered to be the largest unit of currency available. To summarize this parable, there were three servants. One was given five talents, another was given two, and the last was given a single talent. The first two were faithful, they went out and doubled what they were given responsibility over. The last servant acted in fear and buried his. The two who doubled what they were given were praised. They would be made ruler over many things. The fearful individual was told he was a wicked and lazy servant. That talent was taken and given to the one who had ten.
The Lord wants us to be good stewards of what He has given us. He wants us to be faithful with what He has given us so that He may bless us even more. He’s not going to give you more than you can handle. So go out there and be good stewards of the money the Lord has given you so He can bless you beyond your wildest dreams!