Before practicing good stewardship we must understand what a steward is. First, we are all called to be stewards. A steward is a manager or the one put in charge of something. We all have something to manage. It could be our bodies, time, a job, a ministry, talent or finances, the list goes on and whatever we have needs to be managed. If we don't manage it- it will manage us.
Stewardship, is therefore the responsibility the steward takes in managing or being in charge. In a nutshell, stewardship is handling what God has trusted us with. Knowing that everything we have belongs to God, we are reminded to be responsible and manage what He has given us well.
Stewardship does not mean waiting until we have more. Stewardship begins with what we have, right now, today! Stewardship is not about trying to get more but how to handle what's in our hands today.
So whatever you have, no matter how small or how great, God has called you to manage it and to manage it so that He will be pleased. We can only expect to be blessed with more when we are good stewards with the little we have now.
This is the foundational scripture for "Empowerment through Stewardship". Matthew 25:23 "His lord said to him, well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord."
When it's all said and done, this is our goal; to enter into the joy of our Lord.