A steward is one who manages the possessions of another. A steward is someone who takes care of something that has been entrusted to his care.
Many a time we boast of achieving great things in life. We feel secure with the conditions we live in, with the possessions that we have. We feel comfortable with the houses we live in and all the luxuries we enjoy. We feel blessed when we have a loving family, children, friends and co-believers.
God has given us talents and we feel delighted when we get an opportunity to use them both in the spiritual and worldly circles. But have we paused to think that nothing is ours to ‘own’?
The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.
– Psalm 24:1
God owns everything. He has just granted or lent them to us to accomplish His purpose and plans for us. We have no claim over them. He has made us ‘stewards’ or caretakers in the sense that what He has given us, we have to use them faithfully and diligently, take utmost care of them and share them with others .
As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
– 1 Peter 4:10
After the mission is accomplished, we have to relinquish or give them up to His care and also be ready to part with them when He asks them back. Are we being faithful stewards? The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) explains it well.
We are stewards even of our children. The best and richest legacy we can hand down to them is the knowledge of Christ and His grace. The wonderful jobs we have are to be done with the aim of glorifying our Lord and spreading the Gospel in whichever way we can. Each day that He grants us is to be used wisely and to spread the fragrance of Christ. He has given us precious and valuable Time to be used well and not running after worldly, temporary pleasures. Jesus too said:
While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
– John 17:12
Even in the circle of believers, we see people boasting in their large mansions, acres of properties, institutions they have established, crusades they have conducted, souls they have won for the Lord, members they have ‘fished’ for the church, sermons they have preached and the mesmerizing effect they had on the masses. Are we too in this list? We forget that we are just stewards.
The Holy Spirit reminds us that there is nothing to boast of save in Christ’s grace and glory. Even if we do anything let it be done in humility and meekness as our Lord did. Remember, WE ARE JUST STEWARDS OF HIS GIFTS.
The Lord expects us to carry out our responsibilities of stewardship faithfully to the very end. Let this be the words that our Lord will tell us:
‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness.’
– Matthew 25:21