So What is – Exactly – a Steward?

When we look across multiple parables that Jesus teaches through, we notice several characteristics. We’ll put up one of them here, but make six observations based on several.

And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time?  43″Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes.  44″Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions.  45″But if that slave says in his heart, ‘My master will be a long time in coming,’ and begins to beat the slaves, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk;  46the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and assign him a place with the unbelievers.  47″And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes,  48but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.” (Luke 12:42-48)

  1. A Steward is one who is entrusted with responsibilities, positions and resources.
  2. The more a steward is given, the more is required of him.
  3. A Steward is a servant to others. God expects His household to serve others.
  4. A Steward needs to be faithful, vigilant, and productive. Not only is he expected to be faithful so that he does not lose what was entrusted to him, but also that he is to be creative and productive so that what is in his hands will increase in substantial measure. This is in line with what God told Adam and Eve, to multiply so that mankind can fill all the earth and take care of it for Him.
  5. A Steward or servant is not above his master. The greatest in the Kingdom of God are those who serve as the Lord Jesus has served us. He, who is King and Lord, emptied Himself, chose to be a man, lower than the angels, so that He could serve His Father’s good pleasure by serving us, even bring us to the Father.
  6. A Steward will receive his reward according to his service.

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