|This beautiful vintage image is courtesy of Abby at Little Birdie Blessings|
I've chosen a word for the year several times in the past, and it always takes some time, thought, and prayer to decide. Last year I had chosen the word "faithfulness" -- and not just my own faithfulness to the tasks God has given me to do, but His faithfulness to me in all things. I came back again and again to this word as the year unfolded. Some of my God-given tasks became very heavy indeed, but over and over I was reminded that all God asked of me was to be faithful in my responsibilities. His faithfulness would enable me to do that.
It's probably not surprising that I thought about choosing the word "faithfulness" again for 2017. I still have many of the same responsibilities, and although some have gotten a bit lighter, others are still very heavy. So I seriously did consider using that word again. Then one morning, I was eating breakfast, and this word literally dropped into my thinking: "stewardship". Instantly I knew this was to be my word for the year.
🌿 🌿 🌿 🌿 🌿 🌿 🌿 🌿 🌿 🌿According to my dictionary, one definition of "steward" is "a person employed to manage another's property; a person whose responsibility it is to take care of something." My Bible dictionary defines "stewardship" in much the same way: "the management of another person's property, finances, or household affairs."
Stewardship is not really an option for Christians, but a necessity. The Bible tells us that we are not our own, for God has bought us with a price. We are to manage our lives for His glory (and, thankfully, with His help!).
"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
"For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
In fact, we are to glorify God in every area of life: "Whether, therefore, ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Everything that we have comes from God. As Paul says in Acts 17:25, "He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things." So all of life is to be a stewardship. I need to take proper care of and make proper use of everything He has given me.
Some areas of stewardship God is already speaking to me about include my time, my health, my home, my marriage, my ministries, my eldercare responsibilities, and so on.
"Moreover, it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful." (1 Corinthians 4:2)