Stewardship or Ownership?


What's the difference between stewardship and ownership?


An an owner, you have a right to what is yours. You can use it how you wish. You can hoard it, spend it, give it, trade it, sell it, do whatever you want with it! It is yours!


Stewardship means you have the responsibility to correctly manage that which you have been given. You have no right to it. You use it under the direction of the owner.


So, which are we? Stewards or Owners?


Deuteronomy 8 gives us a very clear picture. Moses reminds the people how God supported them with unexpected and unknown manna that He might humble them and test them, to do them good in the end. He warns them in verses 17-18 to "Beware lest you say in your heart, 'My power and