Ownership vs Stewardship
Two concepts that are important to understand as Christians are “Ownership” and “Stewardship”.
OWNERSHIP is a word I’m sure we all understand... It just means “who owns something?”
STEWARDSHIP is kind of a churchy word but it just means “manager” or “managing something for someone else.”
OWNERSHIP is who owns it. Who owns your possessions? Who owns your money? You or God? You’ve got to decide what you believe about that or you won’t understand stewardship. You’ll never be a good steward if you don’t understand who the owner is.
The Bible says GOD owns it. The Bible says – God owns everything. Psalm 24:1 says “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” We don’t own anything. God owns everything. That’s the first concept we need to grasp and understand to be a good steward.
STEWARDSHIP simply means how well we manage things that we are entrusted with but that are owned by someone else.
We can be “good stewards” or we can be “poor stewards.” And it doesn’t matter how much money we have, it matters how well we manage (or “steward”) what we’ve been given.
God wants us to be good stewards of what we’ve been given. In fact, God expects us to be good stewards of what we’ve been given. Even more, we have a responsibility to be good stewards of what we’ve been given.
But here’s the good news -- Being a good steward is for our benefit. God’s instructions are never to harm us or take away from us. Here are three benefits of being a good steward:
1) The first benefit of good stewardship is: We can be trusted with more.
Sometimes we pray – “God – please give me more”… “Give me more money – then I’ll be OK.” And God is saying “be a good steward of what you’ve been given FIRST, then I can trust you with more.”
Matthew 25:14-28 is a story of three stewards who were given responsibilities while the owner went away to be a good steward of what they had been given. They were each given a different amount – but their responsibility was to manage well what they had been given while the owner was away (read Matthew 25:14-28)
2) The second benefit of good stewardship is: you will experience “Financial Peace”
A benefit of good stewardship is peace. The financial peace that God gives is a confidence that if I’ve done MY part – then I know God will do HIS part.
Philippians 4:19 says “And my God will meet all your needs according to his riches in Christ Jesus.”
We can say – “OK God, we’re doing all we can do -- we trust you to do the rest.” We can have peace.
3) The third benefit of good stewardship is: God blesses good stewardship and protects the good steward.
God’s blessings aren’t just financial. Yes, God’s blessings include money, but it also includes things much better and much more important than money.
Sometimes we think “God’s not blessing me” – because we only look at money… And we forget to look at how blessed we are. We don’t realize how blessed we are in areas so much better than money. Our blessings can be so much greater and so much better than money.
As you read this, I hope you’re doing some self-reflection…
I hope you’re thinking to yourself “Am I being the BEST STEWARD I can be?”, “Am I being – a GOOD steward?”
God cares about our heart. God cares about our priorities. He doesn’t need our money, but our money reflects our heart and priorities. He cares about how we steward what He’s given to us. I hope you’re encouraged to be the best steward you can be for the Lord today.
Kim Teff, Executive Pastor