“Moreover it is required of stewards that a man be found faithful.” 1 Cor 4:2
God calls us to be faithful with His resources.
During the early 90′s, I managed jewelry stores for a large, international company. I was responsible for the care of millions of dollars worth of Diamonds and Gold. I fearfully protected it, and managed the sales and inventory of The Company’s assets. I remember times when my staff and I would get excited when a few “exquisite” pieces of jewelry would come in, some of the ladies on staff would hold up a new diamond necklace around her neck for all to “Ooh!” and “Aah!” over. However, there were many times when I would get an order from The Company to send some nice pieces back. I would not sorrow over the items leaving the store, they were not mine. I was the steward, not the owner.
The Webster’s Dictionary of 1960 defines the word “steward” as:
a.) A person in charge of the affairs of a large estate; or
b.) One who acts as an administrator (as of finances) and property for another
(I like the Dictionary from 1960 as it was before the time of “Political Correctness.”)
When, as stewards, we view money, possessions, homes, cars, etc. as God views them, we should enjoy a lot more peace; knowing that it all belongs to God.
He gives us the privilege and the blessing of “managing” His inventory, so to speak. If God wants us to give something that we are “managing” to His Ministry , or to a person in need for instance, we can rejoice that God is using us in the giving of His resources to provide for a need of another and we get the blessing! ( Matt. 6:20)
God brings in the “Inventory”, James 1:17, provides for our needs in life, Phil 4:19, and sometimes calls for us to “return” some of that inventory (above and beyond tithing and grace giving) Gal. 6:10
Scripture to meditate upon this week:
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”