"And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his Lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?" Luke 12:42
A steward is a person who has been entrusted with administering someone else's wealth or affairs. The possessions a steward controls are not his own and he does not have the freedom to do with them as he wishes. He is supposed to carry out the desires of the one who made him steward.
A banker is a steward. He has been entrusted with other people's money. He is free to invest that money wisely in a way that will benefit his depositors and stockholders, but would be sent to jail if he took all that money and simply consumed it upon himself. A steward is accountable to someone else for the use of that person's money. The money does not belong to him even though it is in his possession. Luke 16:1-2 (ASV)
1 And he said also unto the disciples, There was a certain rich man, who had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he was wasting his goods.
2 And he called him, and said unto him, What is this that I hear of thee? render the account of thy stewardship; for thou canst be no longer steward.
This parable, and other scriptures (1 Cor. 4:1; Ti. 1:7; 1 Pet. 4:10), describes every believer as a steward of God's grace. 1 Corinthians 4:1 (ASV)
1 Let a man so account of us, as of ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.
Titus 1:3 (ASV)
3 but in his own seasons manifested his word in the message, wherewith I was intrusted according to the commandment of God our Saviour;
1 Peter 4:10 (ASV)
10 according as each hath received a gift, ministering it among yourselves, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God;
The wealth, talents, and abilities we possess, as well as the revelation of God's love that we've been given, are not our own to do with as we please. We have received these things from God and are therefore accountable to Him for the use or misuse of these gifts. Keeping this in mind is essential for fulfilling our obligation to God as stewards of His "manifold grace." "Enjoy Your Coffee"
by Andrew Wommack
Michael Stanley, 55