When we seek first the kingdom of God, everything else we need comes to us as a bonus (see Lk 12:31). The pursuit of wisdom has a similar result. When we seek wisdom wholeheartedly, spiritual and material prosperity are natural side effects. The story of Solomon is a good example. He asked God for wisdom, and in addition God granted him wealth and prosperity (see 1Ki 3:1-15).Christian stewardship in its deepest sense is impossible apart from the surrender of man to God in Christ. But when Paul cries out, '[You are of Christ, and Christ is of God],' he goes on to say, '[So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ as those entrusted with the secret things of God. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.]' The Christian is Christ's. He must think of himself as Christ's man, as Christ's servant. The Christian is a steward of the great revelation which God has given Christ. The stewardship of the gospel is committed unto him. He shares with other Christians the responsibility of giving the gospel to others. It is required of stewards that a man be found faithful. The Christian must so live that he discharges faithfully the obligations that are laid upon him as a servant of Christ and a steward of the mysteries of God!
Any true understanding of stewardship must also involve the stewardship of abilities. If a man has yielded his life to Christ, it follows that the abilities that he has should be laid on the altar of the service of God. Men vary very widely in their abilities. There are some who have one talent and there are some who have ten talents. God does not demand of any man the rendering of an account for the abilities he does not have. But Jesus does lay down the principle that what God expects of us is in proportion to that which He has given us!
The stewardship of possessions must be seen against the background of man's response to the love of God in Christ! The stewardship of possessions must be seen in the setting of the stewardship of all of life.