What Is Stewardship?

One of the best ways to demonstrate stewardship in our finances is by preparing a will.

From Message magazine issue "Ukraine Through Missionary Eyes"

What is stewardship?



Stewardship is the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care. Peter describes a biblical view of stewardship as he instructs that “as each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God . . .” (1 Peter 4:10-11, ESV).

That’s a high calling.

As followers of Christ, we have a responsibility to steward what God has provided for us—and do so with excellence. The Bible describes a good steward as diligent, hardworking, and willing to take reasonable risks. A good steward works wisely to build up and increase what God has graciously given.

One of the best ways to demonstrate godly stewardship in our finances and future planning is by preparing an up-to-date will. Unfortunately, many are missing this opportunity. Statistics indicate that 70 percent of adults have not written a will. As we plan for the future, each of us has an open invitation to consider how we can best use God’s resources and see our will as something even greater—an act of worship—to further God’s work out of gratitude for how he has blessed us.

Why is it important to create or update a will?

  • You will have peace of mind knowing that your house is in order and your loved ones will be provided for, without incurring unnecessary costs or hassle.
  • You get to decide who will be the next steward of the resources God has entrusted to you.
  • You will ensure that your estate plan accurately represents what is most important to you.
  • You can help your favorite charitable organizations, like ABWE, create eternal impact and ensure that this work will continue for years to come!

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