So… just what IS Stewardship?
A steward is defined as a person who manages the affairs of a household or an estate owner. In the Christian sense, a steward is the manager of affairs of God on earth.
Everything we have is given to us by God. A Christian steward serves God out of love and gratitude for these gifts, knowing that it is not how MUCH we have, but what we DO with what we have that is important.
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 treasure. Stewards as disciples of Jesus Christ see themselves as caretakers of ALL God’s gifts. Gratitude for these gifts is expressed in prayer, worship, offering and action by eagerly sharing our gifts out of love for God and one another.
Stewardship is based on the spiritual principles of the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus. It is not just a program, or a method of fundraising, but rather a way of life. A life lived in gratitude to God for all His blessings by returning to Him a portion of the time, talent, and treasure we have each received.
Stewardship is a path to holiness. It makes us more like Christ who came not to BE served, but TO serve. It is a grateful awareness that all we have, and all we are, comes freely from God. When we offer our lives back to God in love, He blesses that generosity a hundredfold.