Good stewardship isn’t as popular these days, probably because many people don’t even know what stewardship means. Stewardship doesn’t seem to come up in many English sentences anymore, even though it remains essential. We will discuss what stewardship is and the habits of a highly effective steward in this post.
What is Stewardship?
Before diving into the habits of a highly effective steward, we must first explain the term “stewardship.” The best way to do this is through the lens of the scripture.
Stewardship is watching over the assets that belong to another to protect and expand them. Good stewardship is kingdom-based, and it is the understanding that we don’t own what is in our care. Instead, we have authority over such assets to care for them to do better in our hands.
The term “steward” refers to a person that manages or watches over the assets of another. You can also call such an individual a manager, keeper, caretaker, or guardian. When we understand stewardship in its true sense, it births a particular responsibility towards everything in our care or possession.
5 Habits of a Highly Effective Steward
Let’s forget the complex language, a highly effective steward is what we all know as a “good steward.” With this in mind, we can discuss the five habits of a good steward in this section.
Be mindful of who’s Lord
A good steward never forgets who is Lord over all in their care. At no point should a steward assume the role of Lord or owner; instead, they must stick to being managers. According to Psalm 24:1, everything on the earth are the Lord’s.
God has given us gifts and abilities that He expects us to manage and use for His glory. We will account for these gifts and skills, so we must handle them with this mindset. Whatever we do, we must remember that God is Lord over our talents, abilities, estates, money, and relationships.
It is impossible to say a person is a highly effective steward if they aren’t sacrificial. Sacrifice is one of the significant characteristics of a good steward, and Jesus Christ shows this in the most realistic way possible. Philippians 2:6-7 explains how He sacrificed His divinity to restore the relationship between the Father and us. He suffered at the hands of those He created and stayed in the belly of hell for this purpose.
Every steward that seeks to be highly effective must imbibe this level of sacrifice. No wonder Philippians 2:5 urges us to have the same mind as Christ. We will have to make sacrifices to ensure that what is in our care thrives in the best way possible. As such, we will go through hurt and ridicule sometimes, but we must count it all joy for the kingdom.
The journey of a steward is one laden with several challenges, from relational to financial and otherwise. These challenges can push us to sway from the kingdom culture and lose focus of the goal. What do you do when challenges press you on all sides?
Hebrews 12:2 explains what to do at such times, keep our gaze on Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith. Without faith, we cannot even please God as stewards, which means that faith is one of the foundations of good stewardship. God wants us to trust him for everything instead of worrying over them.
Accountability is a concept that is fast becoming extinct. It seems that people would instead not report to others these days because they have an “ownership mentality.” They wouldn’t share important information; instead, they want to make decisions unilaterally and control every situation.
We must understand that God has set up a system of spiritual authority. Because of this, we will always have someone above us that we must be accountable to. You are not just responsible to God but to the leaders in your sphere of influence. Being accountable makes you give your best to the work to bring forth an increase.
While there are so many habits of highly effective stewards, the last one we will discuss in this post is teamwork. No man is an island of knowledge and abilities, and to advance God’s kingdom on earth, we must work together. God has given us different skills to work together as a body.
A good steward must understand their abilities, gifts, and responsibilities. They don’t try to outshine others; instead, they work with others to make them better. The eyes can’t outshine the mouth, nor do the teeth compete with the toes. A highly effective steward understands this and acts accordingly.
From the explanation of good stewardship and the habits above, you can tell if you are a good steward or not. The goal is to strive to be the most effective stewards that we can be for the kingdom. What other habits do you know? Please share them with us in the comments section. Meanwhile, visit GodKulture for more articles on being a great Christian creative.