Recently I heard my friend Pastor Amanda Conner say Kingdom stewardship is, ”how well you handle something God has put in to your hands and whether or not it can still honor God.”
It made me think, don’t treat what’s given you like it’s your own. Treat it like it is somebody else’s who expects it to be returned in as good or better condition than received. Reality is, we tend to let things slide on our own. You ever seen a mechanics car or a painters house? Anyway, PA also stated, “If you don’t understand stewardship you will be confused and start to think that you own something that you don’t.”
We will never be equal to or co owners with God, but we can and will be ambassadors. He’s Called us to it in 2 Corinthians 5:20… “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”
Stewardship and Ambassadorship then are the two legs that hold up ownership.
We shouldn’t tell people that we want them to take ownership. It is actually an unwarranted burden. There is only one owner, but there can be many ambassadors or stewards.
In business we should move from wanting people to “take ownership” to having ambassadors who represent. People that we would trust to make decisions like us, on our behalf when necessary. In other words, ambassadors are people who handle something given to them from an owner in such a way that it is carried out in excellence and represents what the owner wants, who the owner is and builds the owners reputation, honor, and name.
Life is not about making your name known. It is about making Gods name known to every corner of the earth!