Spiritual Stewardship

Spiritual Stewardship may be broken down into several key rules:

To understand stewardship is to grasp the essence of life’s meaning and purpose. To practice stewardship is to fulfill that meaning in a way that pleases God and satisfies the most profound human longings. Stewardship comprises the understanding that God created humankind to serve and glorify God, and all of the rest of creation was placed under human dominion and care. (Gen. 1:27-30)

The Christian and the Earth

Biblical stewardship does not require that a Christian despise money or not make every effort to prosper. The Bible does warn, however, that the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10). It is important not to allow money to become the center of one’s life. That place is re-served for Christ, and Him alone.

However, whenever a believer honors, worships and obeys Him, it is God who stands by and blesses His children in immeasurable amounts – this promise, not money, is what truly satisfies.

The Christian and Material Things

Rule 1:
The Rule of Rightful Ownership

Key Thought:

Nothing truly belongs to us; everything actually belongs to God. (Psalm 24)


When we are blessed with money and materialistic things, and when we receive acclaim for any accomplishment, we’re getting not what we deserve, but what God

in His grace lovingly allows us to enjoy and care for. The essence of life is not ownership but stewardship – - the faithful management of all that God entrusts to us.

As a part of their financial planning, many people place their assets in a trust, a vehicle that holds and administers those assets to maximize the benefits for all concerned. God has given you some of his assets to hold in trust for Him.

Rule 2:
The Rule of Purposeful Possession

Key Thought:

Wise stewards are guided by Lordship not “Hoardship.”

Scripture: Luke 12


No one sets out to be like the rich fool in Luke 12. But the pull to amass things for one’s personal benefit is strong, especially in an un-certain and materialistic world. Jesus gives the only alternative: become rich toward God. How? By concentrating on giving to God rather than getting for self.

What do you think we are trying to accomplish by our rush to acquire, accumulate and hoard wealth and possessions?

Rule 3:
The Rule of Guaranteed Return

Key Thought:

As you give so it will be given to you.

Scripture: Luke 6:38

Spiritual Stewardship


The purpose behind this promise is that we be motivated to give because it’s a sensible investment. Spiritually speaking, there’s virtually no risk but all reward; any gift given for God’s glory is backed by the infinite resources of the Bank of Heaven. There is no doubt about it, no cause for concern, no conditions under which the return is held back or held up. It will come.

How would you describe the “measure” you’ve been using in your giving? Is it an eye dropper? A teaspoon? A cup? A bucket? A barrel?

Let us prayerfully seek the grace to live as spiritual stewards.

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