Let a man so account of us, as of the
ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.
2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
In this teaching, being a good steward means taking care of what God has given to you.
God doesn't look at things the way we do
Isaiah 55:8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Luke 16:10He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
Luke 16:11If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
Luke 16:12And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?
God looks at faithfulness. If I am not faithful in a small matter, then I am not faithful.
Several years ago I gave a man a study Bible that I worked with. A few days latter I noticed it on the floor of his car, ripped, torn and half buried under tools. Do you suppose that I ran to the store and got him another one?
Around 25 years ago I sent my daughter to the grocery store right next door to our house. I gave her twenty dollars to get a three dollar item. She came back home with my item but also a bag full of other goodies. I learned not to entrust her with a large amount of money until she was a little older.
One aspect of stewardship and faithfulness is that you can be trusted. Can God trust me with more riches? Am I skipping church so I can ride in that new boat? Try out those new golf clubs? Have I allowed God's blessings in my life to push God in the background? Just why do I want that new this, or that, or those? Is it to impress my friends? Is it to compete with my neighbors?
James 4:3Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Sometimes Christians are not blessed because of the way they take care of things.