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The word stewardship comes from the Greek word Oikenomous, which means somebody who manages a household. A person doesn't own the household but manages it. In ancient world like in the case of Joseph, stewards were entrusted with everything from seeing that the floors were done, finances to the public matters of that household. Stewardship is a way of life, a life of accountability and responsibility acknowledging God as creator and giver of all. Stewardship involves responsible management of our God-given resources of time, talent, and other gift s and treasure. Stewards as disciples of Jesus Christ see themselves as caretakers of all God has entrusted to them. If we are to fully understand what stewardship is, we must find out what God says about it in his word.

Firstly, God is the creator of all things. Revelations 4:11 says “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” The magnificent opening statement of the word of God explains the origin of all things, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).

Secondly, God is the owner of all things. Psalms 24:1-2 “The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters”. Since God is the creator of all things, it follows that all things belongs to him. Stewardship acknowledges that we do not have the right of ownership or the right of control over ourselves or our property, only God has that control. Psalm 50:10-12 “for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the insects in the fields are mine. If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine and all that is in it”.

God's claim of ownership in the above passages is both obvious and comprehensive. He owns everyone and everything. As stewards of God, we are managers of that which belongs to God, and we are under his constant authority as we administer his affairs. At the turn of 20th century, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Abraham Kuyper said "There is not one square millimeter of this entire creation about which Jesus Christ does not cry out, 'This is mine! It belongs to me"

Thirdly, human beings are utterly dependent on God. Psalm 104:24-29 “How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small. There the ships go to and fro, and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there. All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them, they gather it up when you open your hand; they are satisfied with good things. When you hide your face, they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust”.

No man or woman can be self-contained and independent of God. We are utterly dependent on the creator for everything, even the breath we draws. Every faculty we have, the power of thinking or moving our limbs from time to time, is given to us by God (see Deuteronomy 8:17-18). Important to grasp from our discussion today is the fact that God is the creator of all things and the owner of everything. Nothing belongs to us, not even our lives. Whatever we have, time, skills, and energy, and every resource, person, and every opportunity comes from God. Whatever things in our possession are not ours so as to use them as we wish, no matter how hard we may have toiled to get them, we are stewards and not owners.



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