Everything we have belongs to God. We are His stewards.
This core value is intrinsic to the nature and structure of The Alliance—we teach and practice the blessing and effectiveness of the faith principle of giving as Scripture encourages us to remember that it’s not the amount of money we have or how much we give—it’s recognizing that everything we have comes from God (Luke 21:1)
The Four T’s of Stewardship: Time, Temple, Talent, and Treasure
1. Time – Redeeming the Time That God Has Given You.
God has given us our life and our time to manage as part of us being his steward. As good stewards, he expects us to manage our time, our life, according to his will. We are to redeem the time that God has provided us. Ephesians 5:16 advises us to redeem our time for God’s glory.
2. Temple – Care For Your Body, the Temple of the Holy Ghost.
The definition of stewardship includes caring for all things that God has given us. This includes our bodies. As Christians, our bodies are the temples of the Holy Ghost. If our bodies are to be temples of the Holy Ghost, then it goes without saying that we should not defile our bodies with sin. 1st Corinthians 6:19 advises us that our bodies are the not ours, but the temple of the Holy Ghost.
3. Talents – Use Our Given Talents For Good Works.
The definition of stewardship also includes the making use of the talents and abilities that God had given us. God has given each us unique talents and he desires us to put our talents to good use. As Christians, we can even say that God has ordained us with our unique talents to do his good works. Ephesians 2:10 advises us that we are ordained with unique talents and that we should walk in them.
4. Treasure – Being Accountable For God’s Treasure.
A key definition of stewardship is being accountable for God’s treasures. The Bible tells us that all things are created by God and all things are God’s. As God’s chosen representatives, his stewards, God has given us material things to faithfully administer for his glory. Haggai 2:8 tells us that all material things are God’s and not ours.