RHCC Core Values and Virtues: Stewardship

STEWARDSHIP

Scripture Reference: Psalm 24:1

Comes from the Greek word (oikonomia), meaning; the management of a household or of household affairs; specifically, the management, oversight, administration, of others’ property; the office of a manager or overseer.

Psalm 24:1 – “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.” (NLT)

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. God owns everything, we are simply managers or administrators acting on his behalf.

Therefore, stewardship expresses our obedience regarding the administration of everything God has placed under our control, which is all encompassing. Stewardship is the commitment of one’s self and possessions to God’s service, recognizing that we do not have the right of control over our property or ourselves.

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 account for how we have managed what the Lord has given us.

February 24th, 2019