The Attitude of Stewardship

“God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it.” – Genesis 1:28

Affirming that God is the author of all things will shape your attitude about stewardship. In Genesis 1:28, God defined our role: Mankind should “subdue” the earth and “rule over” the animals. The Hebrew words literally mean to trample underfoot and bring under control. God supplied the world, and we are to function as managers based on God’s purpose for allowing us to have all that we have.

The attitude of the steward should reflect the belief that God put him where he is to rule what belongs to God. Man’s stewardship is limited and delegated by God, and he must not forget that the source of all he has is God Himself. Job 23:13 tells us that God does what He pleases with what He owns.

A steward should have an attitude of thankfulness. One reason we go to church on Sunday is to express our gratitude to God for sustaining us and keeping us through the week. We have many earthly blessings from the Lord, and we have eternal spiritual blessings as well. We should never cease to thank Him for all He has given and done for us. It’s a privilege to manage His creation, and everything we have goes back to Him. The paper money in our wallets was made from trees He planted. The food we eat came out of the earth He created. It all points back to His provision, for which we should be thankful.

It all belongs to Him. We are stewards of a magnificent creation.