Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Salvation made us a part of God’s Kingdom which presently is a spiritual Kingdom and one future day will be a physical Kingdom on Earth. We’ve been translated into the Kingdom of God’s dear Son (Colossians 1:13). In that Kingdom we enjoy the abundant provisions, prosperity, and blessings of it but not only for our benefit. We have responsibilities in that Kingdom which is called our stewardship. We are stewards of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 4:1, 2) and our materials resources (Luke 16:1-13). This is often neglected and seldom mentioned by those who teach on prosperity and blessing. God never blesses us to make us live independent of Him or to create a lifestyle where we live outside of His purpose for us in the Earth.
Stewardship involves a responsibility given to manage, authority to do so, and at some point in time accountability for ones management. For any Christian seeking to fulfill God’s will on earth, submitting to the Lord’s plan for managing material possessions is a must. Just like a person cannot experience the peace of eternal life without surrendering ownership of His life to Jesus Christ, so too, he cannot experience peace in the area of his finances until he has:
(1) surrendered ownership of his material possessions to the Lord and
(2) accepted his position as a steward.
A steward is a person who manages the resources of another. As Christians, we are stewards (managers, not owners) of God’s resources. Along with that responsibility to manage comes the promise of personal evaluation by the Lord where we’ll all give an account of what we did with what we were given. We must realize that the Lord owns it all (He holds the title to it) and has entrusted it to us for a very short time while we are here on Earth. None of the wealth entrusted to us will ever leave this Earth. Meditate on these verses:
Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
1 Corinthians 10:26 26 For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.
Psalm 50:10 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. 11 I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. 12 If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.
Haggai 2:8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts.
Ecclesiastes 5:18 Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion. 19 Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.
Deuteronomy 8:18 But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
Psalm 49:6 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; 7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: 8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:) 9 That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption. 10 For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others. 11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names. 12 Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.
Ecclesiastes 5:13 There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt. 14 But those riches perish by evil travail: and he begetteth a son, and there is nothing in his hand. 15 As he came forth of his mother’s womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand. 16 And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath laboured for the wind?