The Faithful Steward

by APC on February 23, 2017

A steward is a manager of a household or affairs; someone who is entrusted with significant responsibility. In Scripture, we can read the parable of the unrighteous steward and the characteristics a good steward shouldn’t employ in Luke 16:1–13.

4 Focus Concepts of Being a Faithful Steward

Know Your Role

We have a tendency to identify ourselves by what we do every day—full-time caregiver, lawyer, grocery store clerk, etc. Our response should be that we’re a full-time servant of the Lord and a part-time worker here on earth. We lose sight of what our role truly is in God’s Kingdom: a steward.

We live a life that should be identified and aligned with a servant (Galatians 2:20). God’s entrusted us with things in this life to manage, maintain, and prosper. We must be careful with how we handle the responsibilities we’ve been given.

While we’re a “manager” (steward) of God’s resources, we can’t get puffed up in ourselves or our title. If we don’t, God will help remind us who we are and where we need improvement (Luke 16:3).

Be Wise

When we mess up in our management if God’s resources, we need to be smart enough to decide not to give up, but to try again and fix it! We can’t be foolish or we’ll be a grief to ourselves and those around us (Proverbs 17:25). We need to seek out those around us who have experience, wisdom, and knowledge. If someone else has learned lessons in life, go to them for advice!

Fix Your Problem

The steward in our parable decided to collect the debts from those who owed his master (Luke 16:5). While they may not have been able to pay all of their debt, he collected what he could. He didn’t just leave in the middle of his mess, the steward tried to fix the problem!

Zacchaeus was a tax collector who cheated everyone. But, after an encounter with Jesus, he decided to fix his situation. He gave half of his goods to the poor and restored what he had cheated people from fourfold (Luke 19:8) Salvation came to his house that day because he fixed the problem of his stewardship (Luke 19:9). When we make an effort to restore, fix, and repent for what we’ve done as an unfaithful steward, God will forgive us!

Be Faithful

Reward and promotion comes to those who are faithful (Psalms 75:6–7). God will put one down and lift up another—we cannot promote ourselves. In our work for God’s Kingdom, we need to go the extra mile and put forth the extra effort. Our reward for the work we do in this life may not been seen in earthly riches, but in heavenly ones.

We may be faithful over a few things, but God will make us ruler over many (Matthew 25:21). God will give power to those who are faithful (Nehemiah 7:2). More than anything, we should be good stewards over the souls of God’s Kingdom and ensure that we never stop being a good steward over His harvest.

Heavenly Riches

The most significant lesson we can learn from this parable is if we’re not faithful with someone else’s stuff, God knows we’re not going to be faithful and a good steward over things when their ours. If we can’t take care of what’s in this world, we won’t be able to take care of the heavenly riches—the Holy Ghost—God puts in our life.

God requires that stewards be faithful (I Corinthians 4:2). We must ask ourselves today, how are we handling the true riches that God has put in our life? Let’s be good stewards today so God can entrust us with the things that truly matter in this life and the next—His presence.

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on February 22, 2017 with Guest Speaker, Brother Jonathan Pierce