And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? Luke 16:12 NIV
A steward is someone who manages and has been entrusted with administering the wealth property, or other affairs for someone else. The property that a steward manages is not his own. He cannot do what he wants to do with it. The owner provides the property and the steward only manages and preserves it. A steward is accountable to the owner for the use of his property (Luke 16:2).
For example, on your job, you work for your boss. You don’t own the company, but you are a steward or administrator of someone else’s property. A banker is a steward over the money in the bank. It is not his money even though he has control over it. If he spends the money, he will be in a lot of trouble.
As Christians, we are stewards over what God’s has given us, whether it is wealth, talents, gifts or abilities. Whatever God has placed in our hands, we should be good stewards over it.
The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein. Psalm 24:1 NKJV
Stewards manage resources, people and assets the Lord has entrusted to them. Even our cars or houses are assets that we as stewards should take care of.
Take care of what God has given you! Manage the finances God has entrusted to you. God is the owner of everything and we are stewards. We should not waste what God has given us. We should treasure, protect, take care of, manage and develop the gifts, talents, abilities and wealth we possess.
God is not pleased when we are not good stewards. We should use what God has given to us wisely, multiply it and be a blessing to others. (See, The Parable of the Talents Matthew 25:14-30).
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