Soldiers, we know that the definition of stewardship is faithfully managing the resources you’ve been entrusted with. But what aspects of stewardship make it so effective? Let’s fall in line to examine three vital principles of stewardship.
Stewardship is Leadership
Modern day management science informs us that leadership is influence. John Maxwell simply states that “leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less.” So how is leadership via influence demonstrated with regards to stewardship? Administration. It’s in the effective, productive administration (or management) of resources that causes one to gain influence. Think about it. People are drawn to those who manage their money, time, tasks (work), talent, and relationships at an apex level. Operating at a high level requires a critical quality, discipline.
Stewardship is Discipline
Hebrews 12:11 says that “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Discipline is tough, even painful at times. Its rigor, however, fosters integrity. Doing the right thing, the right way, at the right time, with persistence. When you systematically manage resources with consistency, you demonstrate stewardship. Focused discipline over time, creates the necessity of obtaining wisdom.
Stewardship is Wisdom
A person who manages well is intentional, not passive. Mere head knowledge doesn’t move things forward the way decisive action does. Pastor Craig Groeschel explains it this way, “Direction of actions, not good intentions, determines your destination.” Wisdom puts legs on knowledge and has impeccable timing (what to do and when to do it). Wisdom is the glue that binds leadership and discipline together.
Soldiers, we’ve discussed three simple, yet challenging precepts of stewardship. It’s now time to apply what we’ve learned. Make an action plan of how you intend to grow in the areas of leadership, discipline, and wisdom so that you can become an exceptional steward. Oorah!