I know that the popular word to use today is generosity. I use that work a lot myself. But there is something about the words stewards and stewardship that keeps drawing me in:
- Stewards can be generous. Generous people aren’t necessarily stewards.
- Stewards don’t own what they manage.
- Stewards know they will be held accountable for what they do with what they’ve been given.
- Stewards are rewarded based on the results they achieve or the impact they’ve made.
- Stewards act out of concern for the owner of the property they manage.
- Stewardship is the beginning of discipleship.
- Stewardship carries with it a long history of meaning and application.
- Stewardship prevents me from becoming consumed with cultural norms.
- Stewardship is multi-dimentional: time, talents, treasure, temple, and testimony.
- Stewardship balances our worldview between “ourselves” and “everyone else.”
Let’s keep using the words stewards and stewardship. I think they still has a lot of life left in them. Agreed?