Vicars Message of the Month

Beloved in Christ,

Greetings to you in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

In this letter, I would like to share a few thoughts concerning biblical stewardship. In general, stewardship is taking care of a large household, the arrangements for a group or the resources of a community. An example of stewardship is the responsibility of the staff of an estate. Another example of stewardship is the act of making wise use of the natural resources provided by the earth. In short, a steward manages the possessions of another.

To discover what the Bible says about stewardship, we start with the very first verse; ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth’. Gen.1:1. As the creator, God is the owner of all things which is seen and unseen. The biblical doctrine of stewardship defines a man’s relationship to God. It identifies God as owner and man as manager. God makes man His co-worker in administering all aspects of our life. The apostle Paul explains it saying, “For we are God’s fellow-workers, you are God’s field; God’s building.” 1 Cor.3:9.

When we think of good stewardship we think of how we manage our finances and our faithfulness in paying God’s tithes and offerings. But as we are begining to see , it is much more than that. In fact it is more than just the management of our time: our possessions, our environment, or our health. Stewardship is our obedient witness to God’s sovereignty. It is what motivates the follower of Christ to move into action, doing deeds that manifest his belief in Him. Paul’s stewardship involved proclaiming that which was entrusted to him- the gospel truth.

Stewardship defines our practical obedience in the administration of everything under our control, everything entrusted to us. It is the consecration of one’s self and possessions to God’s service. Stewardship acknowledges in practice that we do not have the right of control over ourselves or our property- God has that control. It means as stewards of God we are managers of that which belongs to God and we are under His constant authority as we administer His affairs. Faithful stewardship means that we fully acknowledge we are not our own but belong to Jesus Christ, the Lord, who gave himself for us.

May God bless you all.

Yours in Christ
C Y Thomas Achen