Stewards of the Gospel
For Christians, being stewards of all life begins with being stewards of the gospel. It is in the gospel that we find the meaning of our lives and the purpose of all our endeavors. The word "gospel" comes from the Greek word meaning "good news". This was the word used by the New Testament writers for the great announcement by Jesus of what God was doing for humanity.
Stewards of Self & Family
Being a steward of one's own life means being responsible in caring for the body and developing the mind. It means being responsible in whatever we do for a living and in how we use money and possessions. It also means being responsible for cultivating the life of the spirit within our own household and extended family.
Being Stewards of Earth and Space
Caring for earth and space as the basis of life and as the household in which all humanity must live, protecting the environment against all forces that abuse it, exploit, or threaten to destroy it.
Stewards of the Church & Its Mission
The stewarding of the life that comes to us through God's grace is the mission on which we are sent as the church. The abundant life for all is the exciting vision for which the church exists and labors as the stewarding community. The abundant life in the Gospel according to John is equated with the "kingdom of God", and Jesus is presented in the Fourth Gospel as the bearer of that life.
Being Stewards of Society and Humanity
Being stewards of our society means using our time, energies, and money for directly aiding the afflicted and bringing about justice. But it also means keeping stewardly vigilance over the formulation of tax policies and the expenditure of our tax dollars at local, state, and national levels. The money we pay in taxes, as all of our money, is an extension of ourselves and should reflect, as far as we can have any influence, our values and beliefs. Our stewardship of society is to be a caring and a vigilant stewardship.
Being Stewards of History
We are stewards of history when we move into the margin of freedom that we have as individuals and groups to initiate creative acts, foster, reconciliation, generate good, and open up new chapters in history.
Above all, we are stewards of history when we acknowledge that it is God who makes both creation and history possible, that God is in the processes of life and in the order of things providing of things providing new beginnings and new opportunities for bringing good even out of evil.