Stewardship in Daily Life
The dictionary defines stewardship as the “careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.”
It seems a simple concept—take care of something for someone else. But for Christians, it carries significant meaning on several levels. Acknowledging your stewardship role means:
- You affirm that what you have is not yours, that everything comes from God and has been entrusted to your care
- You realize that God expects you to actively manage these gifts, not simply maintain them
- You acknowledge that God works through you as you use and manage what He has given
- You understand that while you may use these gifts for the well-being of ourselves and your families, you are also commanded to use them to help others and further God’s kingdom
- You remember that God will hold you accountable your stewardship of what He has given you
Martin Luther summarized stewardship like this: “I have held many things in my hands and I have lost them all. But whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.” For Christians, stewardship should be a way of life. It applies to time and the talents God has given, as well as to money and possessions. Stewardship includes:
Some say the church talks a great deal about money. That’s because money and possessions play such a large part in our life. How we handle money is a good barometer of our relationship with God. Billy Graham has said, “A checkbook is a theological document—it tells you who and what you worship.”
One of the things that makes Covenant Trust Company® unique is our belief that stewardship is an integral part of the financial and legacy planning process. Our Financial Services Representatives [view Directory] work with you to help you bring that stewardship perspective into your financial and legacy planning process. The world will ask you what you own; one day God will ask how you used it.
“Stewardship is the act of organizing your life so that God can spend you."
Lynn C. Miller, author/professor, USC