You may be asking what I mean by having "steward" in the title of this business. What is stewardship? Why do I care about it? How does it fit into your life? First, let’s touch on exactly what I mean by steward.
The basic definition of a steward is a person who manages and cares for another person’s possessions.
Sounds simple enough. Yet, when it comes to our calling as Christians, the term deepens. In considering this, my mind went to Psalms 24:1.
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”
The whole chapter is incredible! The Psalmist marvels at the Lord’s splendor and the glory of His Kingdom. I encourage you to read it. But honing back on that one verse, it proves that EVERYTHING here on this earth is God’s. Not just that He created it, but that it continues to be His now. So, where do we come in?
Go all the way back to Genesis. Genesis 2:15 says,
“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”
We have established the fact that God owns everything even to this day. At the creation of man, God put Adam in charge of caring for the Garden. He soon after put Adam and Eve as the ones to care for, though not own, the Lord’s creation.
Often today, stewardship refers to money. Churches talk about it with their budgets. Financial classes encourage stewardship of monetary possessions. While that is right, it merely encompasses small portion of our duty as Christians in this regard. As told in Genesis, Adam and Eve started with the stewardship of creation. Moving from there to the New Testament, Christ has provided us with an even bigger picture of what stewardship should look like.
Stewardship of our relationships.
Stewardship of our time.
Stewardship of our skills.
Stewardship of our possessions.
This list could go on endlessly. Through our stewardship of what God has entrusted us, we can better reflect Christ. C.S. Lewis put down this idea of the broader meaning of stewardship in his book Mere Christianity as he wrote,
“Every faculty you have, your power of thinking or of moving your limbs from moment to moment, is given you by God. If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service, you could not give Him anything that was not in a sense His own already.”
What an incredible calling! Yet, today stewardship correlates almost solely with finances. It is my desire to help people realize stewardship to its full definition.
So, why steward?
Overall, since the beginning we have been entrusted as managers of God’s creation. From there, we are called to exemplify Christ, as He demonstrated stewardship. At the very least, it is our duty. At the most, it is a joy and a gift first given by God! It is my passion to work TOGETHER toward better stewardship of what God has already given us.
I have been personally working with this idea A LOT on my own. I hope to become better at giving over what I have previously treated as my possessions back to God. It is His anyway! I won’t deny how very hard it is at times though. It is a constant struggle and journey throughout life, but undeniably a worthwhile one! We press on toward the end—toward the Kingdom. For at the end of our work as good stewards, we will get to hear,
“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” Matthew 5:21
All Scripture references quoted from the New International Version.