Stewardship in the Christian church is usually defined as giving money to the church or to charity. That is an incomplete definition of biblical Christian stewardship and a very narrow, myopic view. There is so much more to it. In a wider scope on the study of stewardship, it all basically comes down to this one obligation: You have to deeply value and take care of what the good Lord gave you, becuase it's the right thing to do.
He has given you life; it's your responsibility to take care of yourself, both physically and mentally. He gave you family and friends. It's your responsibility to take care of those relationships. God provided you with a level of prosperity that you can handle. You have to properly steward your money and finances or you'll lose it. As a matter of fact, everything that you don't take care of you will eventually lose.
Look at it this way: Let's say you give something to someone and they don't take care of it. Perhaps becuase they don't value it, or they let it fall into ruin or simply throw it away without the least concern for the item or for your heart in giving it to them. How quickly or cheerfully will you give them a replacement? Will you give it to them again or wait until they show more care, concern, respect and appreciation for what they have?
God feels the same way! When he gives you something it is for a blessing, not for a curse. "And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." - 2 Cor 9:8 (NIV)
He gives to you with an open heart. He wants you to "abound in every good work". He wants you to value and take care of what he gives you. When you do that he'll be more open to giving you more of the same. If you don't take care of what he gives you then he might not give you that, or anything else, for a long very time.
Biblically speaking, giving and receiving are synonymous with each other. You have to give before you can receive. After you receive, you have to take care of it so that you can "abound in every good work" and glorify God . Value it. Maintain it, whatever "it" is that was given to you. If possible, make it grow into more so that you can share it with others.
Biblical Christian stewardship touches every area of your life. It requires a basic commitment to faithfulness along with a strong sense of thankfulness. A wise steward will treasure above all things that which God declares to be important.
|Faithful Christian stewardship is more about taking care of what God gave YOU than it is about giving to charity.
Biblical Christian stewardship is another great example (out of many) that shows outward physical evidence of your inner spiritual walk with God through Jesus Christ.
The bible tell us what Christ says about all faithful stewards. It is written, "Well done, thou good and faithful servants: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." (Matthew 25:21)
May this be said of you as well. God bless you!
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Article author Minister Daniel Sweet