UNDERSTANDING STEWARDSHIP


Stewardship means granting a trust to someone for profitable use.

Luke 12:42-48 KJV
And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? [43] Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. [44] Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. [45] But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; [46] The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him , and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. [47] And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself , neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes . [48] But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes . For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”

1. Stewardship is a gift to invest (Mat. 25:13-15). If we read these verses, we will understand what our heavenly father makes.

PS.24:1. The earth is the lord and the fullness thereof, the world and they that dwell therein. Therefore, all of us are His creatures.

He was sent to us for our salvation. Jesus said in Jn.9:41, I must work the works of Him that sent me while it’s a day the night cometh when no man can work.

He also want us to perform like Him (Jn.15:16 & Jn 13:16-17). “You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit and that your fruit should remain that whatsoever ye shall ask of the father in my name, He may give it to you (KJV). ” SO, we have responsibility which has been given by God.

2. Giving for a purpose –

Luke 16:1-9 KJV
And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. [2] And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward. [3] Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. [4] I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. [5] So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him , and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord? [6] And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. [7] Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore. [8] And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. [9] And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. My reader, this is the problem we have in churches and the whole world. Stewardship is given for a purpose but we are not using it for God’s purpose.

When we read Acts of Apostle 4:32 _ And the multitudes of them that believe were of one heart of one soul, neither said any of them that ought of the things which He possessed was his own but they had all things in common. Churches have diverted from the laid down principles of Apostles and command of Jesus Christ.

In the world today, people are not fearing God who is the General overseer of every man’s deed. Stealing, corruption, etc have deepened down into the system even including the so called Children of God.

Remember, in the book of Rev 22:11-12, he that is unjust let him be unjust still and he which is filthy let him be filthy still, that is righteous let him be righteous still and he that is holy let him be holy still. 12, And behold I come quickly and my reward is with me to give everyman according to his works shall be.

3. Benefit of giving life style – It’s a style of living that reflect the attitude and values of a person or group. In the book of Dan.6:4-5 Then the president and prince sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom but they could find none occasions nor fault forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. If you as a christian can do like Daniel then your heaven is certain (Mat.25:31-34). Read and see the reward of a good steward. God will blessed you as you put it into practice.

This post is credited Pastor, Johnson Adedoyin

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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).

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UNDERSTANDING STEWARDSHIP


Understanding stewardship

Biblical stewardship is one of the primary ways God calls us to live our life.

It’s a theme in the Bible we can trace from Genesis to Revelation. It’s a calling rooted in creation, highlighted throughout the Bible, and influences the way we live our life for the glory of God.
In this teaching, we are going answer some common questions and highlight the big themes of what it means to be a steward, including:

  •  What is the definition of stewardship in the Bible?
  • Bible verses about stewardship.
  • Examples of stewardship in the Bible.

Before we dive into Bible verses about stewardship, let’s start by defining what it means to be a steward.

What is the definition of stewardship in the Bible?

Has someone ever asked you to watch their kids? Are you responsible for managing an office or people on behalf of an employer? Do you have a financial advisor overseeing your investments?
If you answered yes to any of these three questions, then you are or have been a steward.

In general, to steward is to manage something on someone’s behalf. Whether a family member, friend, or employer asks you to watch over something, then you are stewarding or managing whatever they entrusted to your care.

In the Bible, stewardship is another way of talking about how you live your life. In the New Testament, the word “steward” is rooted in the Greek word “oikonomos,” which means “the manager of a household.”

If you were a steward in Ancient Greek culture, you were not the owner of the house. Instead you would have been the manager of the house and the household affairs. From making sure the home was clean to managing the finances and perhaps servants, you would have managed everything on behalf of the owner.

In light of Bible verses about stewardship, we will see that our life is not our own. Our life is on loan from God regardless if you acknowledge this or not and God calls us to steward everything about our life for his glory and the good of others.

To help us see the duties of a steward in the Bible, let’s look at some Biblical texts on stewardship that will give us a better idea of what biblical stewardship means.

(This post has been divided into three parts for ease of studying. Make sure that you also study the other two parts as well).

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Stewardship: A Rewarding Service’s Platform


A rewarding platform of service

Stewardship is a platform of service where blessings and privileges are released to the faithful and obedient servant.

Matthew 25:21 KJV

“His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”

Types of stewardship

In my list, there are three types of stewardship. Some are spiritual where some are financial in nature. However, all types of stewardship are very important.

A). Spiritual stewardship B). Financial Stewardship C). In – Service

 What is spiritual Stewardship?

The spiritual Stewardship worship is a spiritual platform of service such as: Kingdom advancement prayer, prayer and fasting, etc

This is the most important platform of stewardship that yield the greatest rewards

I believe will are no longer ignorant of what kingdom advancement prayer means.

However, if we still have somebody still  wondering what kingdom advancement prayer means, I’ll give him/her a brief definition here.

Kingdom advancement prayer is a platform of stewardship where saved humans intercede on behalf of others (the unsaved humans) in order to be rescued. This is cardinal part of our rescue mission strategy (Mat.6:6/9/33).

In my previous post  about obedience I mentioned about kingdom advancement prayer there, you might want to take a look.

In the book of Mat.6:6, God ordered us to pray secretly and promised to reward us openly, in vs 9, He placed high premium on His kingdom (in the lord’s prayer) & in verse 33, He ordered us to seek His kingdom first before every other thing can flow naturally in the form of additions.

In the book of Lk.2:37, we saw a widow(Hannah) at 84years of age who served God with prayer and fasting in the temple day and night.

Understand this: Prayer is one of the most cheapest way to serve God and service is the condition for all the rewards of God. Hence, get enlisted.

Soul winning is also a spiritual Stewardship. The pursuit after souls is not an ambition, not a gift neither a talent. It is a commandment more than anything else. This mandate has become a mandate for everyone believer to follow. There is nothing like i don’t have the gift of soul winning as many Christians would say today.

Jeremiah 1:5 KJV
“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

Luke 10:2-4 KJV
“Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. [3] Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. [4] Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.”

What is Financial stewardship? 

This is an opportunity to serve God in monetary terms. The platform of thiting and offerings, sacrificial offering, vows, kingdom advancement project funding, and giving to the poor fall into this category

Luke 6:38 KJV
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

Understand this: financial prosperity doesn’t answers to fasting, there is no amount of fasting that you will fast that will make you to become rich. God prosperity plan answers to giving by acknowledging God with the ten part of your earnings.

Deuteronomy 8:18 KJV
“But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”

Get this straight: any seed that you sow as a donation is a waste. Your seed is spiritual transaction between humanity and divinity. God needs your seeds in order to meet your needs.

What is In-Service?

In-service like Ushering, choiring, Hospitality, sanctuary keeping and the likes. This has to with your active engagement in one service’s unit or the other in the house of God.

Beware, In-service can lead to hypocrisy. There are people who come to church on Sunday’s just to show off their new bought or borrowed materials.

However, In-service has it own rewards as it’s not good to be a bench warmer in the church. whatever your hand find so doing, do it wholeheartedly.

What are the benefits of stewardship?

Every opportunity to serve God is an opportunity to get blessed. God does not use people, He blesses people. You are not working for God, you’re working with God,  you are partnering with God. You need to Change your mentality if you must experience the miraculous on every side while you’re on the platform of service.

In a partnership business, every active partner is entitled to a dividend. You can’t work with God and not receive the dividend of service. We are shareholders in this kingdom.

Revelation 22:12 KJV
“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”

God has never has the seed of Jacob to seek Him in vain (Is.45:19).

Paul planted, Apollos watered but God gave the increase.. Meaning that, some people are interceding on behalf of the unsaved while some are on the field bringing in the harvest to Christ and both are still working towards the same purpose.

1 Corinthians 3:6 KJV
“I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.”

Hear this: Service is your surest insurance against all satanic affliction of sicknesses and diseases.

Exodus 23:25 KJV
“And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.”

Service is your cardinal bail out from a wretched, pitiful, and poverty in every sphere of existence.

Job 36:11 KJV
“If they obey and serve him , they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.”

What more?

Serving God guarantees your longevity. Ex.23:27

Serving God secures your access to fruitfulness Ex.23:25-27. Serving God through the instrumentality of faith is the key to all your expectations’ manifestations.

Understanding Stewardship

There are different kinds of stewardships. There is financial stewardship, physical stewardship and spiritual stewardship. Among all, spiritual stewardship attracts the greatest rewards.


It is our tireless engagement in stewardship that yield profitable rewards. There are  diverse platforms for stewardship. Such as:

  • Spiritual stewardship
  • Financial stewardship
  • In services – as, choir, ushering, hospitality, protocol, etc.
  • Physical stewardship

Spiritual stewardship involves your prayer engagement and soul winning involvement. There is ‘prayergelism’ and evangelism. Prayergelism is the act or demonstration of obedience via praying ceaselessly on behalf of the lost souls with a view of getting open rewards in return.

Now, financial stewardship is the demonstration or act of obedience to the instruction of giving with a view of swimming in the realm of abundance. Gen.8:28, Mal.3:10.

In-services are also know as physical stewardship, it is the physical engagement of the saints in ‘Zion’ (Zion means place of worship). This kind of engagement is prone to hypocrisy. This explains while a choir will fornicate yesterday night and sing in the church the following day. Don’t let this shock you as the devil can sing. In-services are very good platform to develop your talents in the church and build your potentials.

Among all platforms of stewardship, the Spiritual Stewardship is the most rewarding. “God is a spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit in spirit and in truth.”Jn.4:24. “It is the spirit that quickeneth the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak to you, they are spirit, they are life. Jn.6:63. 

Spiritual stewardship is the gateway to a world of spirit. When you enter into the spiritual stewardship, you become a spirit after the order of God. Because ‘like’ begeth ‘like’. God has not called you spiritual, you are not spiritual; you are only spiritually minded but you are a spirit. “ I have said that ye are gods, all of you are children of the most high.” PS.82:6. If your father is a spirit, you also must be a spirit. Therefore, what cannot be found in God must not be found in you. God can’t be sicked so you can’t be sicked. The son of a dog is a dog, the son of a goat is a goat. It follows that the son of God is a god. Spiritual stewardship launches you into the class of God. When you engage in spiritual stewardship, you operate just like God. Miracles, healings, Freedom from satanic oppression, success, deliverances, prosperity become the order of the day.

What are Kinds of Spiritual Stewardship

  1. Prayergelism – Kingdom advancement prayer is a vital area of spiritual stewardship that churches of today need to start emphasizing. Most of our prayers are self-centered. Thou, I’m not against requesting from the lord since it is biblical. But, it is funny the way many believers placed demands in God. In Mat.6:9, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.”  “But Seek ye first the kingdom of God and is righteousness; all these things shall be added unto you.” Mat.6:33. Until you turn most of your prayer requests into a platform of service, open rewards are out of view. Pray for the lost to be saved from all satanic oppressions. Your family member who has gone astray, pray for his return to Christ, pray for the occultists, drunkers, smokers, assassinator, corrupted politicians, and for the peace of your nation at large. These are the kinds of prayers that moved God. Some whom you have prayed for will appear in church without preaching to them.
  2. Evangelism – Soul winning is the other mandate given by God to every believer. Now that you have prayed for them, reach out to them and invite them to church. And follow them up in order to ensure they are rooted in the kingdom. “Ye have not chosen me but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go out to bring forth fruit, and your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you ask my father in my name He will give unto you.” Jn.15:16

As we have know that there is nothing that we do in Christ that is a waste. Serving God is not a waste of time; God does not use people, He blesses people, He expands people. He is a God of addition. He is a God of multiplication. Mat.6:33, Jer.30:19. Nothing remain worse serving God.

Understanding Stewardship


It is our tireless engagement in stewardship that yield profitable rewards. There are  diverse platforms for stewardship. Such as:

  • Spiritual stewardship
  • Financial stewardship
  • In services – as, choir, ushering, hospitality, protocol, etc.
  • Physical stewardship

Spiritual stewardship involves your prayer engagement and soul winning involvement. There is ‘prayergelism’ and evangelism. Prayergelism is the act or demonstration of obedience via praying ceaselessly on behalf of the lost souls with a view of getting open rewards in return.

Now, financial stewardship is the demonstration or act of obedience to the instruction of giving with a view of swimming in the realm of abundance. Gen.8:28, Mal.3:10.

In-services are also know as physical stewardship, it is the physical engagement of the saints in ‘Zion’ (Zion means place of worship). This kind of engagement is prone to hypocrisy. This explains while a choir will fornicate yesterday night and sing in the church the following day. Don’t let this shock you as the devil can sing. In-services are very good platform to develop your talents in the church and build your potentials.

Among all platforms of stewardship, the Spiritual Stewardship is the most rewarding. “God is a spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit in spirit and in truth.”Jn.4:24. “It is the spirit that quickeneth the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak to you, they are spirit, they are life. Jn.6:63. 

Spiritual stewardship is the gateway to a world of spirit. When you enter into the spiritual stewardship, you become a spirit after the order of God. Because ‘like’ begeth ‘like’. God has not called you spiritual, you are not spiritual; you are only spiritually minded but you are a spirit. “ I have said that ye are gods, all of you are children of the most high.” PS.82:6. If your father is a spirit, you also must be a spirit. Therefore, what cannot be found in God must not be found in you. God can’t be sicked so you can’t be sicked. The son of a dog is a dog, the son of a goat is a goat. It follows that the son of God is a god. Spiritual stewardship launches you into the class of God. When you engage in spiritual stewardship, you operate just like God. Miracles, healings, Freedom from satanic oppression, success, deliverances, prosperity become the order of the day.

What are Kinds of Spiritual Stewardship

  1. Prayergelism – Kingdom advancement prayer is a vital area of spiritual stewardship that churches of today need to start emphasizing. Most of our prayers are self-centered. Thou, I’m not against requesting from the lord since it is biblical. But, it is funny the way many believers placed demands in God. In Mat.6:9, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.”  “But Seek ye first the kingdom of God and is righteousness; all these things shall be added unto you.” Mat.6:33. Until you turn most of your prayer requests into a platform of service, open rewards are out of view. Pray for the lost to be saved from all satanic oppressions. Your family member who has gone astray, pray for his return to Christ, pray for the occultists, drunkers, smokers, assassinator, corrupted politicians, and for the peace of your nation at large. These are the kinds of prayers that moved God. Some whom you have prayed for will appear in church without preaching to them.
  2. Evangelism – Soul winning is the other mandate given by God to every believer. Now that you have prayed for them, reach out to them and invite them to church. And follow them up in order to ensure they are rooted in the kingdom. “Ye have not chosen me but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go out to bring forth fruit, and your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you ask my father in my name He will give unto you.” Jn.15:16

As we have know that there is nothing that we do in Christ that is a waste. Serving God is not a waste of time; God does not use people, He blesses people, He expands people. He is a God of addition. He is a God of multiplication. Mat.6:33, Jer.30:19. Nothing remain worse serving God.