Ac­count­able Stew­ard­ship

The Covington News - - Religion -

A stew­ard is a re­spon­si­ble, trusted per­son who man­ages or over­sees that which be­longs to some­one else. Spir­i­tu­ally speak­ing, each of us is called to be re­spon­si­ble ste­wards.

In Luke chap­ter 16, Je­sus told the para­ble of the un­just stew­ard, call­ing him to ac­count for his stew­ard­ship.

Stew­ard­ship is do­ing what you can, the best you can, with what you have been en­trusted. It deals with the way we view our life and all that goes with it. It in­cludes all we are; all we do; and all we have.

Stew­ard­ship lies at the very heart of the Chris­tian life and needs to be de­vel­oped as an on­go­ing, life-re­sponse to God. All of life is sa­cred, and is a gift of God. Stew­ard­ship deals with how we are manag­ing all that God has placed within our hands.

Stew­ard­ship also brings with it the idea of ac­count­abil­ity. Each of us will one day give an ac­count of our stew­ard­ship to God, for how we lived our lives and man­aged what he en­trusted to us. Un­der­stand­ing our role as ste­wards is vi­tal to liv­ing an ef­fec­tive Chris­tian life.

With this is mind, we should be good ste­wards of our world, of our re­la­tion­ship with Christ, of our body and mind, of our re­la­tion­ships and friend­ships, of our fi­nan­cial and ma­te­rial re­sources, of our tal­ents and abil­i­ties of our time and of the gospel of Christ.

At the very heart of stew­ard­ship is a to­tal sur­ren­der of self to Christ and a de­sire to use this life and all His bless­ings for His glory and for the good of oth­ers. Je­sus will one day call each of us into ac­count for our per­sonal stew­ard­ship and how we used that which he placed in our hands.

Per­haps there are ar­eas of your life that need to be ad­justed and pri­or­i­tized dif­fer­ently. Ask God to help you make the nec­es­sary changes. Make the most of this life God has given you. Live for the pur­poses for which you were cre­ated.

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