In Jewish and Christian traditions, stewardship refers to the manner in which time, talents, material possessions, or wealth are used or given for the service of God.
A biblical definition: "Utilizing and managing all resources God provides for the glory of God and the betterment of His creation." Stewardship is managing everything God brings into the believers' life in a manner that honors God and impacts eternity.
Stewardship begins and ends with the understanding of God's ownership of all:
- "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the end." (Revelation 22:13)
- "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it." (Psalm 24:1)
- "To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it." (Deuteronomy 10:14)
- "The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants." (Leviticus 25:23)
- "Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me." (Job 41:11)
Stewardship is further supported and sustained theologically on the understanding of God's holiness as found in such verses as: Genesis 1:31, Psalm 104, Psalm 113, 1 Chronicles 29:10-20, Colossians 1:16, and Revelation 1:8.