A steward is a person responsible to use someone else’s property to accomplish work for the owner.

Psalms 24:1,2; 50:10,12; Haggai 2:8 – God owns the earth and everything on it, including animals, silver, and gold. Our possessions were given us by God (1 Chron. 29:12,14; Deut. 8:11,17,18; James 1:17; Job 1:21).

We “possess” or “own” things only as relates to other people. We have the power to decide how these things will or will not be used, but other people do not have that right for “our possessions.” But in relation to God, He is the real owner, not us. He has the right to control, for He is the Maker. (See also 1 Chron. 29:11; Deut. 10:14; Gen. 14:22; 1 Cor. 10:26.)

Acts 4:32-35 – Christians shared with needy believers because they knew their possessions were not really their own. If we view our possessions as “ours,” we may resent giving them to others. When we realize that these things really belong to God, not to us, then we should willingly use them for whatever God wants.

We sometimes think of the church treasury as “the Lord’s money,” but the money in our pocket is also “the Lord’s money.” Giving it to the church just transfers it from one of God’s stewards to another of His stewards. To give it, then, does not do God a favor. It just fulfills our duty as stewards to use God’s possessions for His purposes.

Are you a careful steward of the Lord’s money?



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