UNDERSTANDING STEWARDSHIP


Understanding stewardship

Examples of stewardship in the Bible

Above, in Genesis 1:26-28, we observe that the concept of stewardship is woven into the fabric of creation. The desire to steward has been hardwired into the soul of every person, which explains why, in varying degrees, people have a desire to create and manage.

On this foundation, let’s take a look at some examples of stewardship in the Bible.

1.  Adam was called to work

From the very beginning, God had good intentions for work. In Genesis 2:15, we read, “The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”
God called Adam to “work” and to “keep” the garden. Basically, God commanded Adam to take care of things on his behalf.

God’s call of Adam too wasn’t a burden, and God isn’t a vindictive taskmaster. Since Adam’s call to work preceded the entrance of sin (Gen. 3), we can see that God had a good purpose for work in mind.

2.  Joseph oversees Potiphar’s house

Joseph’s is arguably one of the best examples of biblical stewardship (Gen. 39).

After Joseph was brought to Egypt, the LORD made him a successful man. While Joseph was in the house of his Egyptian master, we read, _Gen. 39:4 “So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had”

Joseph didn’t own this home.
He didn’t own the furnishings.
He wasn’t responsible for generating income.
But he was given stewardship over the house and everything his master owned.

Referring back to the biblical stewardship definition above “the manager of a household” you can see why Joseph is the perfect example of what it means to be a Steward.

3.  Moses, let the land have a break

Remember, God owns the earth. As the owner of everything, He makes His desires for His creation known. We see just one example of this in Leviticus 25:1-5.

In this passage, the LORD told Moses to let the people farm the land for six years, but to make them take a break from farming the ground in the seventh year.

What does this have to do with stewardship in the Bible?

Simple.
From this passage, we see that God owns the earth, he oversees the growth of produce, and He knows how to handle his land.

(THIS POST IS IN 3 PARTS FOR EASE OF STUDY. YOU’RE READING THE THIRD PART. YOU CAN ALSO READ THE FIRST AND SECOND PARTS).

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UNDERSTANDING STEWARDSHIP


Understanding stewardship

Biblical Verses on Stewardship

The Bible has a lot to say about stewardship, but here are some big themes emphasized in biblical texts on stewardship: The themes are as follow:

1.God created everything

Stewardship in the Bible begins with the very first verse of the Bible.

Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
We see in this passage that God is the creator of everything: He created the universe, the earth, and He created us. There’s not one particle in the entire world that was not created by God.
This is the beginning of all biblical stewardship principles.

In the New Testament we read
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth….. all things were created through him and for him” (Col. 1:15-16).
The foundation of stewardship is built upon this reality.

2. God owns everything

Not only did God create everything; God owns everything (Job 41:11; 1 Tim. 4:3-5)
Job:41:11. Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.
1 Timothy:4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
1 Timothy:4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
1 Timothy:4:5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

This is the beginning of all biblical stewardship principles.
Our life is on loan from God. He has given us our life to steward for His glory and our goods.

As the owner of everything, God desires for all things to be redeemed (Col. 1:20)
Colossians:1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

Including people, governments, businesses, and the arts. Said another way: God desires for everything to bring Him glory (1 Cor. 10:31).
1 Corinthians:10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Also see Psalm 24:1: “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.”

3. God delegates responsibility

God calls us to manage what He created on His behalf.
If we haven’t noticed, we do not see the individual members farming, building houses, or preaching the gospel. But, if we look with the eyes of faith, we can see God meeting the needs of people, drawing us to Himself in faith, and tending to His creation through billions of people around the world.

This is participating in God’s work, it’s picked up by Paul in his first letter to the church at Corinth: _1. Cor. 3:9 “For we are God’s fellow workers.”
Paul mentions again in _2 Cor. 6:1 that we are “working together with Him…”
God is at work in our life and around the world, and we have the privilege of participating in His work. Think about it this way.

Let just look through the books of the bible to see many people that God has delegated responsibility to.
When Jesus builds His church, He does so through our participation in His work by preaching the gospel.

When we are at our bagel for breakfast, God provided it for us through the work of farmers, bakers, truck drivers, and grocery stores.

Genesis 1:26-28: “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’

So God created man in His own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’

(THIS POST IS DIVIDED INTO 3 PARTS FOR EASE OF STUDY. YOU ARE READING THE SECOND PART. YOU CAN ALSO READ THE FIRST AND THIRD PART).

This post is credited to Adekunle