steward

steward

A person who oversees the possessions or interests of an owner or master. Stewardship might involve responsibility for a private household (Gen 44:1; Luke 12:42; Gal 4:2), a specific task (1Chr 29:6), a palace (Esth 1:8; 1Kgs 18:3; Isa 36:3; Luke 8:3), business affairs (Matt 20:8; Luke 16:1-8), or a city treasury (Rom 16:23). Also, in the NT, the word is used in a metaphorical sense for having responsibility for divine mysteries, such as the gospel (1Cor 4:1), some divine commission (1Cor 9:17), or a divine gift (1Pet 4:10). Bishops or elders are called stewards (Titus 1:5-9) and are expected to possess holy qualities as they manage the household of God. The apostle Paul also saw himself as a steward (1Cor 4:1-2) who would have to give an account of his stewardship (1Cor 4:3-4; 2Tim 4:7-8) as the Apostle to the Gentiles (Eph 3:2; Gal 2:7-8; Rom 1:5-6; Rom 13-15:5). There is also a sense in which every Christian is a steward entrusted with a divine gift (1Pet 4:10). Faithful and wise stewardship of this gift or “talent” will result in blessing and reward, but unfaithfulness will result in judgment (Luke 12:42-43; Matt 25:14-30).

Gen 44:1

Joseph Detains Benjamin
1Then he commanded the steward of his house, “Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put each man's money in the ... View more

Luke 12:42

42And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and prudent manager whom his master will put in charge of his slaves, to give them their allowance of food at the ... View more

Gal 4:2

2but they remain under guardians and trustees until the date set by the father.

1Chr 29:6

6Then the leaders of ancestral houses made their freewill offerings, as did also the leaders of the tribes, the commanders of the thousands and of the hundreds, ... View more

Esth 1:8

8Drinking was by flagons, without restraint; for the king had given orders to all the officials of his palace to do as each one desired.

1Kgs 18:3

3Ahab summoned Obadiah, who was in charge of the palace. (Now Obadiah revered the Lord greatly;

Isa 36:3

3And there came out to him Eliakim son of Hilkiah, who was in charge of the palace, and Shebna the secretary, and Joah son of Asaph, the recorder.

Luke 8:3

3and Joanna, the wife of Herod's steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their resources.

Matt 20:8

8When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the fir ... View more

Luke 16:1-8

The Parable of the Dishonest Manager
1Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man w ... View more

Rom 16:23

23Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus, greet you.

1Cor 4:1

The Ministry of the Apostles
1Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God's mysteries.

1Cor 9:17

17For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with a commission.

1Pet 4:10

10Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.

Titus 1:5-9

Titus in Crete
5I left you behind in Crete for this reason, so that you should put in order what remained to be done, and should appoint elders in every town, a ... View more

1Cor 4:1-2

The Ministry of the Apostles
1Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God's mysteries.2Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be ... View more

1Cor 4:3-4

3But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. I do not even judge myself.4I am not aware of anything against mysel ... View more

2Tim 4:7-8

7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.8From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, ... View more

Eph 3:2

2for surely you have already heard of the commission of God's grace that was given me for you,

Gal 2:7-8

7On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel for the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel for the circum ... View more

Rom 1:5-6

5through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for the sake of his name,6including yourselves ... View more

Rom 13-15:5

Being Subject to Authorities
1Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that ex ... View more

1Pet 4:10

10Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.

Luke 12:42-43

42And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and prudent manager whom his master will put in charge of his slaves, to give them their allowance of food at the ... View more

Matt 25:14-30

The Parable of the Talents
14“For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them;15to one he gave five talents, t ... View more

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