We’ve noticed lately that the word Steward, which is technically a noun, has become a short verb for stewardship. So, for example, when you are a good steward of your lawn, mowing your yard every week, that means you “steward” your yard well. The word has become verb-slang.
Steward Your Money
So when we say “steward your money”, what we’re saying is that we want to view our finances with an active approach to faithful stewardship. Good stewardship doesn’t passively happen. It is something that you do…
We could have said “manage your money” but we intentionally chose the word steward for the following reason: Your money is not yours. It’s God’s. In the end you will be held accountable to the ways you’ve managed His money.
Ok ok I can see someone saying, “why not call your blog “Steward His Money”. Well the answer is an easy one: Though technically it’s His (because everything is), for a short time it is yours. Everyone knows you won’t take into eternity, but while you have it, you can do a lot of good with it, and that’s what good stewardship is all about.
Stewardship According To The Bible
Read Jesus’ parable of the talents and you’ll find out exactly what stewardship is…
For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability.
Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money.
Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest.
So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
(Matthew 25:14-30 ESV my emphasis added)
Three Stewards, Three Different Outcomes
A steward is someone who simply watches over property that belongs to someone else. The owner obviously has put a certain amount of trust in the steward. What we see in this striking story are three different stewards. They each stewarded the owner’s property differently, but they each stewarded nonetheless, because the owner made them stewards.
The guy who did nothing was the guy who lost the most. That’s a pretty fearful thing. And that is why we want to have an active, hands-on outlook to managing our money.
So the issue isn’t stewardship innately; it’s whether or not you will have stewarded well.
Again, that’s what this blog is all about. I’m no financial advisor; in fact, I could be a pretty disorganized artsy-creative-type if it weren’t for this Proverb:
Know well the condition of your flocks,
and give attention to your herds,
for riches do not last forever;
and does a crown endure to all generations?
(Proverbs 27:23-24 ESV)
Our Goal With This Blog
In light of this, we want to learn all we can about managing God’s money, and as we do so, we’ll share it with you.