Stewardship is defined as “the conducting, supervising, or managing of something…the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.” What does that look like in our lives today? I believe it is first necessary to understand a simple, yet sometimes-complex, truth: nothing we have is ours. Every emotion, every thought, every dollar, every “toy.” They were all given to us by our Creator. C.S. Lewis writes, “If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service, you could not give Him anything that was not in a sense His own already.”
When we genuinely care for resources that are not our own, that’s stewardship. As God places trust in us, it is our responsibility to tend his garden. It is an important concept to Jesus, as we see in the Parable of the Shrewd Manager (Luke 16: 1-15). As devout Christians, we should adopt an attitude that focuses on putting others first. As we serve God, let us serve our friends, co-workers, families, and even those we don’t know. That, too, is what stewardship looks like.
Additionally, we are stewards of our own bodies. Paul urges us in Romans 12:1 “to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God.” Holy and pleasing to God. Yes, my body is a temple. Surely I think about this as I dust off a meal at Qdoba or a blizzard at Dairy Queen. But look further: our bodies belong to God. This includes our sexuality as well. As the world continues to pervert the meanings of words such as “marriage” and “relationship,” we have to trust that God’s plan for our sexuality is better than our own. After all, God created it, didn’t He?
Again, we are stewards. Of our money, of our time, and even our own bodies. I heard someone say recently that sexuality is not ours to devalue. I couldn’t agree more! This world is not our own. And every part of the world – of our own personal “worlds” – belongs to the LORD.
Like so many things in life, it comes down to a temporal perspective vs. an eternal one. Which will you choose?
In His Name,