1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
Receiving Jesus as Savior and Lord makes us members of the Body of Christ, the Church, saints, and citizens of the Kingdom of God. Colossians 1:12-14 says, “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”
The Kingdom of God is currently a spiritual Kingdom within the hearts of Believers (Mark 10:15; Luke 17:21; Hebrews 12:28). There is a Kingdom that now is (spiritual) and which is to come (physical at the Return of our Lord Jesus to Earth). In the Kingdom:
- Jesus is King.
- His primary agenda is to advance the Kingdom (We are stewards of the Gospel/bringing salvation).
- The Kingdom advances by making disciples of saved people.
- The key agent and current expression of the Kingdom is the local church.
- All citizens are to seek first the Kingdom of God and all its righteousness.
This includes supporting the economy of the Kingdom. An economy is a system of interaction and exchange or mode of operating. The word economy can be traced back to a Greek word “oikonomia,” and literally means the management of a household or family affairs; an administration; an arrangement. It comes from a root word “oikonomos,” which means a manager of a household or a steward. A steward isn’t an owner but manages the resources of another. To operate in the Kingdom economy is to be a steward and to be a steward is to operate in the Kingdom economy.
Stewardship involves a responsibility given to manage, authority to do so, and at some point in time accountability for ones management. It is required that we be found faithful in our stewardship (1 Corinthians 4:2).