There are two ways that I can view all that I have – my time, my talents and my treasure. I can either believe that all those things belong to me and that therefore I have the right to use them as I wish or I can view them as belonging to God, in which case I am merely a steward of those resources. There is little doubt that if I am truly longing for Jesus, I will find God’s answer to that question in the pages of Scripture in verses like this:
The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, Psalm 24:1 (ESV)
Not much doubt is there? Everything and everyone in the world belongs to God. He is the owner. We are merely stewards. We don’t use that word a whole lot in our culture today, do we? For our purposes, this is a pretty good definition of a steward: a person who manages another's property or financial affairs; one who administers anything as the agent of another or others. If I’m truly longing for Jesus, then that is how I will view myself – as one who is merely managing that which belongs to Him. On the other hand, if I find myself saying something like “It’s my money (or talent or time) and I’ll use it however I want” then I need to take whatever steps I need to in order to change that mindset.