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Stewardship by definition is a response to the grace of God in Jesus Christ. It can never be separated from the Good News itself. When the note of grace is left out, the stewardship is not only weakened, it becomes dangerous. It can be preached, and often is, as an extra discipline, an added load for already  tired Christians to carry. As a free response to the overwhelming gift of God in Christ, however, it becomes a way of life that is spontaneous and joyful. Christian stewardship is, therefore, the Gospel in action and a good steward is one who has responded to the good news and tries to share it Christian stewardship is a way of life in which we regard ourselves and all that we have as a trust from God to be used in his service for what he has done for us in Jesus Christ. Our goal as Christians stewards is learning to give ourselves and our resources away as God's prophetic Word beckons us to do with compassion and justice for all God's people. Stewardship, therefore, is closely connected with the preaching of the Gospel and the response to that Gospel.

Stewardship as a Biblical Mandate
“God blessed them and said to them, 'Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the  round” -- Genesis 1: 28. The New Testament references are also few: seven times in Luke 16:1-13; and once in Luke 12:42, we find 'oikonomos' (lit: house-manager) and the same word is found also in 1Cor 4:1-2; Titus 1:7; 1 Peter 4:10. A second word, meaning 'someone to whom something has been entrusted' is translated 'steward' in Matthew 20:8; and Luke 8:7. From our text readings for today, the following principles on stewardship are apparent.

1. The principle of ownership:
The psalmist begins the 24th psalm with, ''the earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world,  and all who live in it.'' In the beginning of Genesis, God creates everything and puts Adam in the Garden to work it and to take care of it. It is clear that man was created to work and that work is the stewardship of all of the creation that God has given him. This is the fundamental principle of biblical stewardship.  od owns everything; we are simply managers or administrators acting on his behalf.
2. The principle of responsibility. In explaining responsibility, we see that, although God gives us “all  hings richly to enjoy,” nothing is ours. Nothing really belongs to us. God owns everything; we're responsible for how we treat it and what we do with it. Owners have rights; stewards have responsibilities.

3. The principle of accountability.
A steward is one who manages the possessions of another. We are all stewards of the resources, abilities and opportunities that God has entrusted to our care, and one day each one of us will be called to give an account for how we have managed what the Master has given us. This is the maxim taught by the Parable of the Talents.

4. The principle of reward.
In Colossians 3:23-24 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. The Bible shows us in the parables of the Kingdom that faithful stewards who do the master's will with the master's resources can expect to be rewarded incompletely in this life, but fully in the next. In conclusion, God is calling on us to recognize and work out our individual and collective calling in the stewardship of our families, Churches and the Nation.

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