Psalm 24:1 declares that,“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” Everything we have on this earth is the Lord’s. We do not own anything. We are managers of the earth and all the possessions therein. We are tenants. Everything belongs to God. The cars, houses, jobs and the money are all His. We cannot take it with us when we die. God allows us to use these things in order to bring Him glory and for our good. This is called stewardship.
Stewardship is simply managing someone else’s resources to accomplish an objective. God is your source. It is your job to use or “re-source” the provision that God’s supplies. Therefore, your resources are God’s. He is the One who has given us all things freely to enjoy. He has given us the abundant life.
There are several characteristics of a good steward noted in the Bible. First, the steward must be faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2 states,“Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” It is the responsibility of the steward to be faithful with God’s resources. The steward does not squander God’s resources on frivolous things. The steward does not spend money like it is going out of style. He is faithful with what he is given. In other words, he acts and lives prudently based on a predetermined plan to accomplish a set goal.