Stewardship

Around the world in Christian and secular circles we hear the word stewardship. Not only is stewardship one of the basic issues discussed in scripture, but its also something we neglect as something we need to concentrate on while going through our own Christian walk. We live in a society that is very individualistic, concentrating on whatever will bring pleasure and make us feel good. Stewardship definitely doesnt fit into the way society is today. Before going to far into this, what exactly is stewardship? Stewardship is taking care of or managing every God-given resource with an attitude of responsibility directing such resources for his intended purposes. To truly understand stewardship, we need to first look at what God says in his inherent word about this issue. The stewardship principle is a three-part practice.
To break this process down, one can see the simplicity and complexity of this process and how it fits into Gods perfect plan. First, we were all created in Gods image. Being image bearers of Christ gives us great responsibility to those who know and love Christ because everyday we are representing the King of Kings wherever we go. The second principle of stewardship is the redemption principle. Since Christ died for us on the cross, he set us free from the bondage of sin. Even though we are fallen people and sin daily, Christ has already paid the price in full, and has forgiven us of those sins in advance. The last part of the stewardship principle is the accountability principle. As stated earlier, we are fallen people and God gave us free will. There will come a day when we are going to be accountable for all our sins. Standing before Christ, we will be asked how we plead to these sins, and judgement will occur. Throughout the Bible stewardship is scattered everywhere, from the Old Testament days of Moses and Abraham to the teachings of the disciples and Paul. When one carefully studies the word of God, it is truly evident that we are to be stewards of our total self, not just time, talents, and money. God calls us to give our lives up, not just our resources.
There are six separate and distinct categories when defining ones wellness. Those stages are physical, social, vocational, environmental, psychological, and spiritual. Without one the other could not exist. Physical wellness includes being physically fit, eating nutritiously, and getting adequate sleep. I consider myself to be doing well in this category. I always am in bed before midnight, and exercise at least four to five times in a week. I consider my diet to be the one thing lacking when looking deeper into my physical well-being. Social wellness means having satisfying, trusting relationships and interacting well with others. I feel that this is also a strong part of my total wellness. I feel confident as well as excited to meet new people here at Cornerstone everyday. Vocational wellness is finding meaning in and satisfaction with your school, job, and leisure pursuits. Looking at the vocational aspect of wellness I think I need to work harder at this, especially appreciating my school. Sometimes, I take for granted the fact that I have an opportunity here to fine-tune my educational needs as a student, as well as work on my relationship with Christ here. Environmental well-being refers to the kind of impact the world I live in plays with my overall health. I also find myself excelling in this aspect mainly because I have always been raised in a healthy environment, and continue to do that even as I grow older. Psychological well-being combines both your emotional and mental states. I feel that I am psychologically sound, because I find myself sound in the Bible, I dont look for answers from men, I look to God. Last, spiritual wellness provides an explanation of what you feel your meaning and purpose is in life. I feel that I have a sound spiritual wellness that I apply to my life. Sometimes we all have droughts spiritually, however I try to keep in Gods word and study as much as possible.
Striving towards success in all of these categories helps me become a more rounded person. We cant ignore just one aspect, for without each of them there would be no balance. Applying what I have learned in class from discussions our class has had has played a major impact in my decision making skills as a Christian. With the power of the Holy Spirit, we can all be empowered to strive for righteousness that Christ called for. As a result, of striving for righteousness, we can become more and more like Christ everyday.