Yes, stewardship involves many aspects of our life that are non-financial. Stewardship is a lifestyle based on the biblical belief that God owns everything and that we are stewards, or managers, of His stuff. Look at Psalm 24:1: “The
earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”
When we understand that, “the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it,” we can see that we are merely temporary owners/managers (or stewards) of things that God really owns.
So, it begs the question, What does God want me to do with the possessions, skills, etc., that He has given me to manage for Him?
Look at 1 Peter 4:10: “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
Peter is talking about spiritual gifts. A look at verses in the Bible on stewardship gives you a much broader picture than just money.
“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” – I Corinthians. 4:2
“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” – Ephesians 5:15-16
And, the most commonly used scripture passage on stewardship is the parable of the talents. – Matthew 25:14-30. I encourage you to read this parable when you have a moment.
One of the best models of stewardship is a familiar Bible story for those of you who grew up in Sunday School. That being the story of the Good Samaritan found in Luke 10:25-37. This story is a example of stewardship that applies
just as easy to the times we live in, as it did in the 1st century. The Samaritan considers what he has as resources that can be tapped when a need arises. Everything he has, his donkey, his wine and oil, and his money he quickly gives
in the service of helping someone, even a stranger, in need. I doubt that any of us have had such dramatic and unexpected opportunities to meet the needs of others as the Good Samaritan. We probably have faced more subtle
opportunities to help someone. The question is have we used our resources of donkeys, wine oil and money (or whatever resources you have) to meet needs in our community, including our church, our city, and our world. In its
simplest yet deepest sense, this is Christian stewardship.
So, although the scriptures have a lot to say on the stewardship of our money, it is clear our lives are more multi-faceted than money and just how much God entrusts to our care.