Stewardship can be a strange concept for us property-owning, merchandise-buying, stuff-hoarding Americans. A steward is simply a person employed to manage another’s property. In the grand scheme of things, we are all stewards, who are called to take care of what belongs to someone else.
“For every beast of the forest is Mine,
The cattle on a thousand hills.
I know every bird of the mountains,
And everything that moves in the field is Mine.
If I were hungry I would not tell you,
For the world is Mine, and all it contains.” (Psalm 50:10-12)
God is the creator and owner of all things, and we have been tasked to take care of what He owns. As much as we like to say something belongs to us, essentially they truly belong to God. Now, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t care about what has been entrusted to us because we don’t own them. Rather, we strive to become better stewards because of who the Owner is.
Of course, not everyone is a good steward. A person’s consistent misuse of his money, possessions, time, and relationships demonstrates that he cares not for the One who gave him those things in the first place.
What are you doing with all that has been entrusted to you?