Stewardship is a spirituality for life that challenges the Christian disciple to foster a sense of gratitude, responsibility and generosity through the better use of time, talent and treasure. The practice of Stewardship is an intentional living of the biblical call to be stewards.
The Christian steward is one who receives Godís gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them generously in justice and love with others, and returns them with increase to God.
Jesus is our Model Steward
Through our baptism we are called to follow in the way of Jesus, who not only taught about being good stewards of Godís gifts (cf Mt 25:14-30, Lk 12:42-48) but who demonstrated this attitude through his commitment to the will of his heavenly Father. ďMy food is to do the will of the one who sent me and to finish his work.Ē (Jn 4:34)
The more we can reflect on the life of Jesus, as the ultimate steward, the greater our capacity to follow his example of living life gratefully, generously and responsibly.
What will Stewardship Ask of Me?
Stewardship will require a change of heart to embrace a radical vision for what it means to be a disciple of Jesus everyday, not just on Sundays, but in every area of my life - to see and experience life as gift from God.
Stewardship will challenge me to act differently in how I use these gifts (time, talent and treasure) to benefit others and to serve the Kingdom. This vision speaks into every aspect of my life, inviting me to be thankful, generous and accountable for what I have been given.
The Gifts of God
Think of Godís gifts in broader terms, not simply the material goods or security you may enjoy.
These are gifts too:
- Your faith, hope and love
- Your family, love and relationships with others
- Your intelligence, talents and skills
- Your imagination, compassion and vision
What talents and abilities has God given me?
Do I use them in service for others?
How can I become a more effective steward?