4 Pillars of Biblical Definition of Stewardship
As I research this topic on time management and productivity, I realize more and more that it’s not about knowing certain techniques or tools that will really help us. And it certainly is not about doing more than what our time permits, but it’s doing what matters in life with our allotted time.
In this post, I want to offer some truth that will help us to get synced in to understand what stewardship is, because our understanding of that particular word will drastically impact how we see life and how we see our time.
To most Christians, stewardship is a word that relates to church budgets and religious programs. However, by doing so, you’ve limited a widely extensive concept. So, allow me to re-explain this concept in more modern terms.
What is Definition Stewardship?
Stewardship is an intersection of concepts of faith, work and economics. It relies of four pillars, which are: The Principle of Ownership, The Principle of Responsibility, The Principle of Accountability, and The Principle of Reward.
Pillar 1) The Principle of Ownership
The Bible mentions stewardship in the very first verse of Genesis: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1) God is the owner of everything, and you need to remember and understand this fact in order to value your possessions and human life as well. In essence, stewardship defines our relationship with God. After all, He is the master who hands out resources while we, his children, are stewards entrusted with managing resources and accounting for them and how we invested them on end of days.
So, stewardship is basically our compliance to administer everything God has put under our control. This means that we should commit ourselves and our possessions to serving God because we don’t actually own them. Deuteronomy 8:18 explains, “Remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth.”
“Every faculty you have, your power of thinking or of moving your limbs from moment to moment, is given you by God. 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.” – C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity
Pillar 2) The Principle of Responsibility
There’s a reason why we all are called stewards, which is because God has entrusted us with caring, developing and enjoying everything that He has bestowed on us. Therefore, it’s important that you understand that everything you have isn’t yours; God has loaned it to you, so you need to manage it responsibly.
Pillar 3) The Principle of Accountability
As a manager, you know that you’re accountable for everything in your office, starting from your human resources to your office supplies. Being a steward of God is no different; as you’re in charge of the resources, abilities and opportunities He has entrusted you with, you’ll be called one day to account for how you used or abused these.
Pillar 4) The Principle of Reward
Paul writes, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Colossians 3: 23-24) What this means is that faithful stewards who manage everything God gave them well are bound to be rewarded in both this life and the next. Besides, who wouldn’t like having the Master say, “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!”
So, there you have it. Your right understanding of ownership, responsibility, accountability and reward is the four pillars where your life has to stand on and founded on. If you start using different pillars, you will not stand and that day of remorse will come like a thief in the night. No matter how productive you are and you might have attained much in worldly standards, but in the end, it will ring hollow and empty.
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