The Steward and Beyond
The steward is the supreme authority under the Master and bears full responsibility for the Master’s possessions and affairs! The
steward not only has an awesome responsibility but consider the potential opportunities a steward can accomplish in a lifetime! Have you recently reflected on the opportunities life has
given you? For example: managing resources successfully through the last economic
downturn; being able to make the last educational payment for the children;
participating in the mission and ministry of the gospel commission with
God-provided time, talents and finances at your disposal? There are times when life brings great
challenges to the faithful steward.
It is then that a steward realizes no matter what financial, parental or
health issues we face, we can turn to prayer—realizing that all things work
together for good and in God’s timing.
As stewards our only responsibility is to be faithful! God rewards faithfulness, regardless of the amount for which we are responsible.
As stewards our only
responsibility is to be faithful! God rewards faithfulness, regardless of the
amount for which we are responsible.
We are required to be faithful whether we are given much or little. It is not what I would do with a
hundred thousand dollars, any more than what I do with the hundred dollars I
have. A steward is faithful with
what he is given. Scripture
provides the guideline in 1 Corinthians 4:2: “Now it is required that those who
have been given trust must prove faithful.”
Throughout our lives,
stewardship values are constantly being clarified through learning experiences,
the study of Scripture and understanding parental influences. As Christians, we understand that God
is the Creator and Giver of all for which we are called to be stewards. The question we must all answer is,
“What legacy will I leave for my family and friends?” As we progress through
life as stewards, we will be confronted with several change points. These may be the transition to a home
without children, experiencing
preretirement activities and then retirement planning itself. It is during this time that we look
beyond the present day and begin to focus our thoughts and attention on what
will be our legacy. This is when
we contemplate our stewardship responsibilities to God and family as it relates
to our accumulated assets.
Planned Giving & Trust Services Department is really an extension of
stewardship ministries. Planned giving, charitable gift planning and the older term
used, deferred giving, all refer to charitable contributions made with some
level of professional guidance. Charitable gift
planning perpetuates the donor’s values. That which has been valuable to
a person in life will also be valuable at the end of this life. Donors plan
through various estate planning documents such as a bequest in a will, a
Charitable Gift Annuity or Charitable Remainder Trust to make it possible
for churches and institutions
to carry on their work. Charitable gift planning will become more important in
the years to come as stewards look for effective ways to generate lifetime
streams of income and make provisions in support of that which has been
valuable to them in their lifetime.