In ye olden castle days, stewards were the ones who took care of the finances and property management of the castle and surrounding village. The stewards didn’t own any of it, but they took care of it as though it were their own.
Most people, when they hear a preacher bring up the word “steward” or “stewardship,” automatically think, “Uh-oh. Here comes another sermon on tithing.”
Stewardship is about money. But it is so much more than that.
The truth is that nothing you have really belongs to you. The earth and everything in it, including you, belong to the Lord.
Your money? It really belongs to God.
Your career? Also God’s.
Your spouse? Ditto.
Your children? Not yours.
When you make Jesus Lord of your life, He takes over ownership of all that you call yours. But when you think about it, everything you have is really a gift from God anyway.
Your money and your ability to earn it come from God. He created you with unique talents and gifts to be able to start a career and earn a living.
Your spouse and your children? They belong to God, not you. God has entrusted them to your care and expects that you will present them back better than when He gave them to you.
It’s humbling when you realize you’re not the king of your castle. Even more so when you realize you don’t even own your own castle.
May we all remember that we are stewards of what really belongs to God. May we take good care of what– and who– He has entrusted into our care so that when He comes, He can say to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”