A Biblical Definition of Stewardship
In this life, we basically have 3 things that we are stewards over. We manage our time, our energy, and our affections.
Since we are bought with a price and our life is not ours to just decide what we want to do with, we must ask the question, what would God have us do with these 3 things.
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How would God have us use our time?
We are only allotted a certain amount of time on planet earth. With that in mind, have you asked yourself the question, how would God really like you to use that time?
Now there is nothing wrong with needing relaxation and down time. It is part of how God created us, but has the pursuit of this become a time waster rather than an energy restorer? How much time is needed in your life watching TV or movies, or spent on the internet?
How much time do you spend working just to pay for things that have no eternal purpose?
I cannot answer this question for you, but it is a question that you need to ask if you are going to be a good steward of the time God has given you on this earth.
Where do your time priorities lie?
Stewardship of energy
How would God have us use our energy? Most of us spend a good portion of our energy earning a living. This is a good and honorable thing as long as the income we earn is then used for godly principles.
Again, your energy that you put out belongs to God, thus the income you derive from that energy is not yours as well.
Most people feel they are doing good to give God 10% of their income called a tithe. Then the rest is theirs to spend as they please.
However this is not true definition of stewardship. All of your income is God’s if all of your life is God’s. So how would God want you to spend your income?
Here are 4 questions that John Wesley asked of himself when deciding this question.
- In spending this money, am I acting like I own it, or am I acting like the Lord’s trustee?
- What Scripture requires me to spend this money this way?
- Can I offer up this purchase as a sacrifice to the Lord?
- Will God reward me for this expenditure at the resurrection of the just?
Stewardship of affections
You are the steward of your affections.
You are no longer to put your affections on things that are not part of the heart of Jesus. You are to let Him be the one that places into your heart and mind the things that matter to Him. You are to set your affections on things above, eternal values, not on the things of this earth.
What things are you working towards? Are they things that can be stored in heaven, or things that will slowly fade and rot away here on earth.
Where is your heart focused? Are you being mindful of a biblical stewardship definition?