“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Pt 4:10).
What is stewardship and what identifies a steward? The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops say that safeguarding material and human resources and using them responsibly are one answer; so is generous giving of time, talent, and treasure. But being a Christian steward means more.
As Christian stewards, we receive God’s gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.
The USCCB goes on to say that as members of the Church, Jesus calls us to be disciples. This has astonishing implications because mature disciples make a conscious decision to follow Jesus, no matter what the cost.
As such, Christian disciples experience conversion which are life-shaping changes of mind and heart and a commitment of their very selves to the Lord. Christian stewards also respond in a particular way to the call to be a disciple.
Stewardship has the power to shape and mold our understanding of our lives and the way in which we live. Jesus’ disciples and Christian stewards recognize God as the origin of life, giver of freedom, and source of all things.
We are grateful for the gifts we have received and are eager to use them to show our love for God and for one another. We look to the life and teaching of Jesus for guidance in living as Christian stewards. (8:50)