What is Stewardship? - Five Attributes

Bible Summary. The Bible definition of the word "stewardship" is “managing the assets that are in one’s care”. As good stewards, we are not just to worry about following the letter of law to remain blameless. The master in the parable of the unjust steward states that the nature of stewardship and faithfulness is that it holds true in both small and big things. As stewards if we cannot be faithful with another person’s riches, can God give us the ultimate riches of heaven? Because Joseph had a heart for God, God blessed both Joseph’s work as a steward and the people around him. See below for Biblical commentary and advise concerning what is stewardship.

The Parable of the Unjust Steward


Parable of the Unjust Steward
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1. What is Stewardship: Being Accountable For God’s Property.

The Bible use of the word “stewardship” is much the same as the dictionary definition. Stewardship as it is used in the Bible means “managing the assets that are in one’s care”.

See Scripture Commentary: Luke 16:2 tells us the unjust steward who is held accountable to his master

2. What is Stewardship: Being Children of the Light Versus Children of the World.

As good stewards, we are not just to worry about following the letter of law and try to hide our shortcomings to remain blameless. Without a heart for God, we cannot be good stewards no matter how wise or industrious we are in our day-to-day activities.

See Scripture Commentary: Luke 16:8 advises us of stewards who are children of the world versus being children of the light.

3. What is Stewardship: Being Faithful in Much and in Least.

The master in the parable of the unjust steward states that the nature of faithfulness is that it holds true in both small and big things. The unjust steward proved by his actions that he could never be trusted and never be faithful.

See Scripture Commentary: Luke 16:10 advises us that he that is faithful is the least is also faithful in much.

4. What is Stewardship: Faithfulness that Leads to True Riches.

At its essence, stewardship is a faithful lifestyle that leads to the riches of heaven, eternal life. Good stewardship on the Earth is evidence to God that we are faithful to him.

See Scripture Commentary: Luke 16:12 asks the question if we cannot be faithful with another person’s riches can God give us the ultimate riches of heaven?

5. What is Stewardship: Having A Heart For God That Brings the Blessings of God.

Because Joseph had a heart for God, God blessed both Joseph’s work and the people around him. A good steward is blessed by God not because of his “good works”, but because of his heart.

See Scripture Commentary: Genesis 39:5 tells us how God blessed Joseph’s work and the people around him.