Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. (1 Corinthians 4:2)
In the material on Stewardship provided on the 40 Days of Discipline website the broad scope of stewardship is emphasized. “Stewardship is not only about how we handle money”. This point is also highlighted extensively by Patrick Morley in A Man’s Guide to Spiritual Disciplines. How much of our lives should stewardship cover then? The answer is all of it.
Stewardship is about total life management. Your family, job, education, private life, and property all fall within the ambit of stewardship. The key question then is this: how do we perform as good stewards in these life circumstances? The answer can be found in one word, obedience. A good steward carries out the expectations of the owner, and we have already established that all that we have is a gift from God. He is the owner, we are the managers.
There is, therefore, an inescapable link between the Disciplines of Stewardship and Bible Study. For it is primarily in the Word that we will find the expectations of our master. Where stewardship is concerned, not studying the Bible is like attempting to perform a job without a job description. You can make something up but it likely will not be what the boss wants.
Endeavour to manage your life according to God’s standard and crave the following words from our Master, “well done good and faithful servant”.