The biblical doctrine of stewardship defines our relationship to God, with God as owner of everyone and everything and man as managers of God's things. The apostle Paul explains, “For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building” (1 Corinthians 3:9). Starting with this concept, we are able to accurately view and correctly value not only our possessions, but, our very lives. As stewards, our purpose in this world is assigned to us by God Himself. And it is our divinely given opportunity to join with God in His worldwide and eternal redemptive movement (Matthew 28:19-20). Stewardship is not God taking from us. It is His method of bestowing His richest gifts upon His people.
Stewardship defines our practical obedience in the administration of everything under our control, everything entrusted to us. It is the consecration of one’s self and possessions to God's service. When we see ourselves as stewards, we acknowledge that we do not have the right of control over ourselves or our property—God has that control. As managers of that which belongs to God, we are under His constant authority as we administer His affairs.
Am I the lord of my life, or is Christ the Lord of my life? Our answer to this question determines both our happiness in life and signals whether we are effectively being used by God.