Stewardship

Psalm 24:1; THE earth is the LORD’S, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.

A steward is someone who takes care of something on another’s behalf. So a steward can be called a keeper or a custodian.

In the verse above, the psalmist says that the inhabitable and habitable globes both belong to God. The sun, moon and stars and everything in that category belongs to God. The plants, animals and people also belong to Him. God has a right to all of these things.

This means that as human beings, we don’t own anything on this earth or world. We are not owners, we are simply stewards. We are here to keep or take care of what is another mans.

This should influence the attitudes we have about life. First, let me begin with our bodies. The body you have is not your body; therefore you need to take good care of it by doing the necessary things. The gifts (divine enablement) which are only possessed by you, you need to “steward” them well. The work you do, I dare say it is not your work. That is why you need to give it your best effort and be excellent at it. As the Apostle Paul says in Colossians 3:23 – 24 that “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the God and not to men,” I believe this applies to all of us, whether you employ people or you are employed. We are all doing God’s work.

The material things, resources in the form of money which we say we own, are not ours. God has placed them in our custody so we can do His work and fulfil His purposes on the earth. We are to take good care of them, for they are not ours. Even the very breath in us is not ours. It is God who gave us life and at the end of it all, we shall go back to Him.

Sunday Adelaja said, “stewardship is the hallmark of life on earth”. Stewardship is a distinctive characteristic of life. God put us here to make things better, not to destroy them neither be irresponsible. I once read somewhere that the owner has rights while the steward has responsibilities. Since we have known that we are stewards and God is the only owner, let us, I and you be responsible for what has been entrusted to us. Let us be faithful.

 

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