Covenantal Stewardship Matthew 25:14-30
By: Ian Peters
Stewardship is defined as the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care. In the church, the term has come to be synonymous with finances and/or fundraising. Covenantal stewardship is not just about our obligation to a set of rules but a commitment out of a relationship.
Here are some vital components of covenantal stewardship seen in this passage:
- The resources we have are not ours. They come from the Lord and are entrusted to us for the Kingdoms’ sake!
- The granting of these resources are initially at the Masters discretion, not based on performance or some human sense of “fairness”.
- The stewardship of the resources is to be carried out with the sense that we will be called to account for what we have done with them at any time.
- There will come a time of reckoning and at that time rewards and punishment will be meted out.
The principles of hard work, counting the cost (budgeting) and generosity are all clearly taught in scripture. Stewardship is about making sure these principles are put into practice in all areas of our lives in which we will be held accountable: time, finances, relationships, witness and calling.
The rewards of stewardship are not that we will get more for ourselves but that more would be entrusted to us. The consequences of not holding to the correct principles of stewardship is that resources will be removed and separation from the Masters house.