I have talking about what stewardship means to us as Christians. To continue that discussion, stewardship is lived out in the following ways.
First, by living and telling the Good News. Remember that a steward is someone who has been given a task to do by someone else or who has been given something by someone else to use for the purposes of the owner. It is like you commissioned an artist to do a portrait of your child and he did a flowered landscape. He was not a good steward of the money you gave him.
It is amazing just how much God has put His trust in us. He has trusted us individually and corporately with the only message that can save the world. Think about that for a second. We have the opportunity and are entrusted by God to share this good news intentionally with those who have yet to experience it. That should make us fall in love with the Gospel all over again when we remember that it takes sinners like you and I and saves us. What a wonderful Gospel that not only saves us but gives us the ability to save others.
Secondly, stewardship is how we employ our God-given human resources, gifts, time and abilities. The question of how we use these resources, given to us by God, is a question often seen as one targeted at the rich and talented. But is it? If you think you don’t fit into either of those groups, and as a result believe stewardship does not apply to you, I suggest you read the story of the widow’s mite (or copper coins) found in Mark 12:42.
Thirdly, we are called to use our time faithfully and in the service of others. While we must first take care of our family, we should also at all times consider the needs of others along with those of ourselves. Using our time means that we are constantly looking to glorify God. This involves a concerted effort on our part to cooperate and conform to God’s will. How we use our God-given gifts is another question we are challenged to evaluate as stewards. So, whether we are a CEO or a janitor, we should find ways ways to use these gifts for God’s glory.
Next, stewardship is providing for future generations. Have you ever considered the idea that we are the stewards of our relationships? Marriages need our attentive stewardship to succeed. And, of course relationships include our children, and parents to name a few. I often think about the overwhelming responsibility we have in raising our children? They are God’s, yet we must be good stewards if they are to live a full life. Some of us have parents that are starting to need our assistance as well I believe we have a moral and ethical responsibility to help our parents the best we can as they grow older. After all, they were our stewards not so long ago.
Next, stewardship is also sharing in the life, worship, and mission of the church. Worship is rooted in gratitude for what God has done for us. Worship also is rooted in gratitude for what God will do through us. As stewards of the church, we should not be passive recipients of God’s gifts. We should be active participants in continuing the work of our Savior, Jesus Christ, which is Northstar’s essential mission. This mission—proclaiming and teaching, serving and sanctifying—is the personal responsibility of each one of us in the Church. All members of the Church have our own roles to play in carrying out our mission.
God gives us this divine-human workshop, this world and Church of ours. Being a good steward over our whole life liberates us to pursue our walk with God with more passion. The Spirit shows us the way. Stewardship is a big part of that journey.