The information below was taken from Dave Ramsey’s website, www.daveramsey.com. It was written by Chris Brown, a member of Dave Ramsey’s team, and is a great explanation of Christian stewardship. Thank you, Chris, for sharing this info!
managing God’s blessings God’s ways for God’s glory.
See, the Bible tells us in Psalm 24:1 that He owns it all: “The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof” (KJV).
And if He’s the owner, that means we’re not. Instead, we’re His stewards—His managers. God commands us to be stewards over everything He blesses us with. Everything. That means our time, talents, treasure, relationships, jobs and, yes, stuff. It’s all God’s, and He trusts us with it.
Did you catch that? We get to manage all of the Creator’s stuff. How awesome is that? It’s both an honor and a serious responsibility! When we get that in our spirit, well, it changes things. It changes our perspective on our family budgets, our daily decisions, even our purpose in life. When we understand true, biblical stewardship, the trajectories of our lives change with every decision we make.
We begin to build a legacy of stewardship in our families. We treat our spouses and kids differently. We approach our work with a new sense of purpose. We become grateful for everything we have. We live within our means. We have more money to give. And we have hope for the future.
I’m here to tell you that I want to reclaim the word stewardship in the church today. But it’s up to all of us to make sure every believer understands God’s role as owner and our role as stewards. When we get to heaven and have to give an account of how we managed God’s resources (1 Corinthians 4:2), I hope God will reply to all of us, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
A dynamic pastor and speaker, Chris Brown joined the Ramsey Solutions team in 2014 to carry the message of stewardship and intentional living across the country. On June 1, 2015, Chris Brown’s True Stewardship will launch on twenty radio stations nationwide. You can follow Chris on Twitter at @ChrisBrownOnAirand online at stewardship.com or www.facebook.com/ChrisBrownOnAir.