“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” Psalm 24:1. Stewardship simply means to manage someone else’s property. In 1 Corinthians 4:2 it reads that stewardship means to manage everything to the best of our abilities for His glory. For the Christian, as Scripture proclaims everything belongs to God, we should manage the property of our Lord, since everything belongs to Christ, we need to have the attitude and view that our things are His things, our stuff is His stuff, that all we could have now, all we have lost, all we will have, is His, including our very bodies and spiritual gifts. We are mere lessees of the property, money, relationships, talents, time, and even our lives. That means all that we are and all that we have are not really ours to begin with. They belong to God. So, the duty of the Christian is to learn how to become responsible stewards of our Lord’s resources entrusted into our care. Stewardship is our obedient witness to God’s sovereignty. It is what motivates the follower of Christ to move into action, doing deeds that manifest his belief in Him. Paul’s stewardship involved proclaiming the gospel truth, that which was entrusted to him. Stewardship defines our practical obedience in the administration of everything under our control, everything entrusted to us. It is the consecration of one’s self and possessions to God's service. Stewardship acknowledges in practice that we do not have the right of control over ourselves or our property, God has that control. “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them” Romans 12:6. It means as stewards of God we are managers of that which belongs to God, and we are under His constant authority as we administer His affairs. Faithful stewardship means that we fully acknowledge we are not our own but belong to Christ, the Lord, who gave Himself for us.
Stewardship of Treasure
We have been entrusted with the stewardship of various treasures including our bodies Romans12:1. The first part of Matthew 6:19-34 says that we are not to lay up treasures on earth. The word, treasure, implies a “strong attachment.” We tend to focus on the amount rather than whether it is treasured by us. When it comes to governing our financial affairs, we must choose between two radically different approaches: the values of our society, or the values of the bible. Money is a good servant but a bad master, if we follow the world's wisdom, money will dominate us, but if we submit to "the wisdom from above" James. 3:17, money will serve us as we use it to serve God and others. We are to bring the first-fruit of our crops to God recognizing that God is our source Exodus 34:19-22, 26. God knows our needs and will provide them for us, if we put Him first and trust Him as our provider. We are to give a tenth of all we get to God as our tithe Leviticus 27:30-34 failure to that we are robbing God Malachi 3:7-8. God says to test Him by paying the whole tithe, to see if He won’t bless us Malachi 3:10. The bible says that when God blesses us, He will give us more than we gave Him and He will rebuke the devourer so that our crops (work) will bear fruit Malachi 3:11.