What is Stewardship?
Stewardship is an ethic that embodies the responsible planning and management of resources. The concept of stewardship can be applied to the environment, nature, economics, health, property and theology.
According to scripture, God created Earth for mankind, and we are now stewards of His creation. This means it is our responsibility to look after and take care of this world. One of the earliest examples given in scripture can be found in Genesis 2:15 “And the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to dress it and keep it”. As lovers of God and followers of Christ, we should accept this responsibility and appreciate God’s gift of creation for being our home.
Stewardship is one of the essential lessons you need to learn as a follower of Christ. It’s a theme you can trace from Genesis to Revelation. It’s a calling that’s highlighted throughout the Word of God and influences the way you live your life for the glory of God.
It is important that we remember two things:
God created everything. Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
God owns everything. Psalm 24:1 “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.”
As the owner of everything God requires all things to be redeemed, bringing Him the glory He deserves and desires. And because we were created in His image, God allows us to manage what He created and provided on His behalf!