“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Peter 4:10)
What is Stewardship?
Jesus preached about being a good steward, and the Bible interprets stewardship as giving back to God the fruits of our labors, about caring for the possessions that God has entrusted to us.
First let’s look at the word, steward. The word, steward, translates in Greek as οἰκονόμον (pronounced “oikonomon”). This word most closely correlates in English to manager. As we are familiar with – a manager is someone who is given the responsibility to take care of something on behalf of someone else. This role is that of a “middle man”.
Everything we have is a gift from God and we are asked to return a portion of those gifts in gratitude for all we have. Stewardship is about how we care for the possessions that God has entrusted to us. Stewardship calls us to nurture our relationships with God, our families, our church, our workplace, our environment, our suffering neighbors, and our world. Stewardship is also a personal response to the Gospel call to conversion of mind and heart. Stewardship is a faith response to share all we have and thus participate fully in God’s plan for our world.
God is the source of all we have and are, and we can learn to see ourselves as caring in the work of God by the way we live, by the way we use our time, talents and financial resources. Stewardship is also a personal response to the Gospel call to conversion of mind and heart. Stewardship is a faith response to share all we have and thus participate fully in God’s plan for our world. How can we share? We can share spiritually (by attending Mass, praying regularly, attending parish faith group), sharing our talents (volunteering in multiple ways in the parish), and sharing our treasure (by contributing to the parish through giving).
Stewardship is a way of life. The primary rewards of stewardship are always personal – both with God and our neighbors. Going forward we will continue to explore the path of stewardship here at St. Matthew Parish each week. Part of stewardship is continuing to broaden our knowledge of God and His church.