14But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us!
16“O Lord our God, even this material we have gathered to build a Temple to honor your holy name comes from you! It all belongs to you! 1 Chronicles 29:14, 16 (NLT)
The world would be a better place if we all were totally convinced of this reality that the world and everything in it including ourselves belongs to God. There would be no hoarding, stealing, poverty or hunger.
We know from scripture that God created everything and sustains everything. Because God is the sole undisputed legal owner of everything including our lives that leaves the rest of us – kings and slaves alike in the position of stewards or managers.
As stewards of God’s universal estate it is required of us to be faithful and accountable.
1 Corinthians 4:2 (AMPC) Moreover, it is [essentially] required of stewards that a man should be found faithful [proving himself worthy of trust].
A steward is entrusted with the property or business of another so he must be faithful that is prove himself trustworthy.
Romans 14:12(NKJV) So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.
A steward has to show how he has managed what he was entrusted with.
We should be faithful and give account over the life we are entrusted with. First and foremost, our own lives – our spirit, our soul (mind, emotions, will), and our bodies.
Our life should bring glory to God. 1 Corinthians 6:20 (NKJV) For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
We should only allow thoughts and imaginations in our mind that honor God.
We should be faithful and accountable to God over our time, gifts, talents, abilities and resources using it all, enjoying it all in ways that serve and glorify Him.
The best way to be God’s faithful and accountable stewards is to look not only to our own interests but also the welfare of others.
Romans 15:2-3(Message Bible) Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?” That’s exactly what Jesus did. He didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out. “I took on the troubles of the troubled,” is the way Scripture puts it.