The concept of stewardship has been in God’s plan from the beginning. In Genesis we read that God is the creator of all including man. Adam was God’s first steward or manager. In Genesis 2:15 we read “The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it.” Throughout scripture we are reminded of God’s ownership.
God controls everything. Psalm 135:6 reminds us of this: “The Lord does whatever pleases him throughout all heaven and earth, and on the seas and in their depths.”
God is our provider and promises to provide all that we need. He is Jehovah Jirah. And because he owns everything he has access to provide us with anything and everything he wants to. “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
And what does God require of us? To be faithful stewards. 1 Corinthians 4:2 says “Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful.” God entrusts us with many things – health, time, money, children – and he asks us to take care of them and use them remembering that they are His and we are simply managing them.
Luke 16:10-13 reminds us: “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should you be trusted with things of your own? No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
To find out more about what the Bible says about money, visit the Generous Giving website.