Stewardship is part of discipleship, and like all other aspects of the Christian life, Jesus is the supreme teacher of Christian stewardship.
So how do we identify a Christian steward? “As Christian stewards, we receive God’s gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with an increase to the Lord. The life of a Christian steward models the life of Jesus. It is challenging and even difficult, in many respects, yet intense joy comes to those who take the risk to live as Christian stewards. Women and men who seek to live as stewards learn that “all things work for good for those who love God” (Rom 8:28).
After Jesus, we look to Mary as an ideal steward. As the Mother of Christ, she lived her ministry in a spirit of fidelity and service; she responded generously to the call. We must ask ourselves: Do we also wish to be disciples of Jesus Christ and Christian stewards of our world and our Church? Central to our human and Christian vocations, as well as to the unique vocation each one of us receives from God, is that we be good stewards of the gifts we possess. God gives us this divine-human workshop, this world, and Church of ours.”[i]
[i] “United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.” USCCB. 2017. http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/stewardship/ (accessed Nov 7, 2017).