The Bible clearly teaches that we are stewards to everything we have.
Now it is required that those who have been given a trust (literally, stewards) must prove faithful. – 1 Corinthians 4:2
The Greek term “steward” here includes a form of the word, house. It describes a household manager in the ancient Greek world who handled the finances for the owner.
Joseph is a prime example of a steward.
Joseph found favour in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the LORD blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the LORD was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate. – Genesis 39:4-6
Potiphar entrusted everything that he owned to Joseph. Joseph in all likelihood bought all the provisions for the household, managed his fields and staff, made sure the house was repaired and even balanced the books. As the household manager, certainly, Joseph ate the finest foods and wore the best clothes himself. Nevertheless, Joseph didn’t own anything in Egypt at this point. He was a slave of Potiphar. Joseph gives us a model of what it means to be a steward of God’s things materially. We manage what belongs to Him.
King David is another example of a good steward. God had blessed him and gave him a great kingdom. Nevertheless, he never forgot who he was, a steward. Look how he prayed:
“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. – 1 Chronicles 29:14
God doesn’t give us things just to look after, but to invest into His Kingdom. In Matthew 25:14-30, Jesus taught parable that explains the importance of stewardship. In the parable, a wealthy man was going away on travel, so he called three of his servants and left them in charge of some of his wealth. Each one was given a gift according to their ability. The first two invested this wealth and the master was happy with them. The last servant hid his portion in the ground, out of fear of the master and was rebuked. God doesn’t just give us stuff so that we have more stuff. He blesses us so that we can be a blessing and invest in the Kingdom.
- What things has God entrusted to you?
- What are you doing to ensure you are a good steward?
Father, thank you for giving me so many good things. Help me to be a better steward that I may invest in your kingdom. Help me always to love you more than the thing you’ve given me to look after. In Jesus’ name, Amen.