Chuck Bentley: What Are the Characteristics of a Good Steward?

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Dear Chuck,

I hear you talk about stewardship a lot and I’ve been trying to be more faithful with the way I manage all my resources. I want to be a steward and would really like to find a mentor to help me. What kind of characteristics should I look for in a mentor? How would I recognize myself as a steward?

Steward in Training

Dear Steward,

I talk a lot about stewardship and the practical steps it takes to live like one now but I wish I had known about it earlier in life and looked for a godly mentor to help me on my journey! I commend your questions and hope to answer them well.

Understanding True Stewardship

Stewardship is commonly misunderstood. It’s not just about getting out of debt or sticking to a budget. It’s much more than just writing a tithe check every month.

Andrew Murray summed it up this way: The world asks, “What does a man own?” Christ asks, “How does he use it?

Larry Burkett described it like this: When we surrender every area of our lives, including our finances, to God, then we are free to trust Him to meet our needs. But if we would rather hold tightly to those things that we possess, then we find ourselves in bondage to those very things.

Jesus gave us important financial principles in The Parable of the Talents found in Matthew 25. In this parable, it is clear that we have the responsibility to manage His property. We’re not the owners of what we have, we’re simply temporary managers. And how seriously we take that responsibility will determine if we are faithful or unfaithful stewards.

Stewardship Doesn’t End Here

Few people truly understand how serious stewardship is. The rewards of good stewardship are eternal. As much as Christians desire to hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” I wonder how many know that those words are reserved for the faithful stewards!

Stewardship means we don’t consume all we have been given on ourselves, but have preserved some for others. Those who multiplied what was given to them were commended for their good work (see Matthew 25:14-30) because there were resources available to help and bless those who cannot work. The good stewards were willing and able to give to the hungry, thirsty, sick, prisoners, orphans, widows and aliens to show God’s love to the hurting.

Heaven will involve more stewardship responsibility! It won’t be a celestial vacation spent fishing over the edge of a cloud. It’s where the body of Christ will have the awesome privilege of serving the Creator, Owner, and Master of the Universe for all eternity. The faithful stewards on Earth will be put in charge of cities in Heaven where they will continue to work and serve as stewards of God Almighty.

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