I gave it some thought as to where to start in the new year. Certainly love is a key factor (and we will go there), but I kept coming back to the concept of stewardship.

You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. 1 Corinthians 6:19b-20a ESV

Everything we are and everything we have (including our relationships and responsibilities) are owned and governed by God. We are stewards, not owners. We report to God.

letters spelling out the word steward

That said, let’s ruminate a bit on the concept of stewardship today.

It’s not a term we often use in our culture. In Biblical times, a steward was someone who managed a household or business for the owner. I wish I knew more about the cultural attitudes toward a steward. I’m going to guess it was taken far more seriously than how we view being an employee or manager today.

steward – noun

1. a person who manages another’s property or financial affairs; one who administers anything as the agent of another or others.
2. a person who has charge of the household of another, buying or obtaining food, directing the servants, etc.

As stewards for God, what could stewardship look like played out in our culture? How would it play out in marriage? At work? With your friends?

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