Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Stewardship & Ownership

There is a worldly view of ownership that basically says: 1. I am the owner of my property, 2. I am responsible for my success, and 3. I am responsible to no one for what I do with my stuff.

This world philosophy of ownership is in sharp contrast to the Christian’s perspective of stewardship and God’s ownership. The Bible clearly states that the “earth is the Lords” Psalm 24:1. Everything belongs to God! Psalm 50:10-12.

The Christian’s understanding about ownership is centered in the Biblical principle of God’s ownership. It basically says: 1. God is the owner; I am His steward, but also His Partner. 2. God is responsible for my success. And 3. God supplies my needs and in addition supplies me with means to further our partnership.

Dave Sutherland and Kirk Nowery in their book The 33 Laws of Stewardship stated that the law of stewardship is the law of rightful ownership. They emphasized that “nothing truly belongs to us; everything actually belongs to God.”  They further clarified that, “ there is only one rightful owner, and true satisfaction come to us only in acknowledging Him and wisely managing His resources.”

Ellen G. White is in agreement as to the importance of recognizing God's Ownership. In her book The Adventist Home, she points out that this truth, “lies at the foundation of business integrity and of true success.”   “The Creator of all things,” she emphasizes is the “original proprietor. We are His stewards. All that we have is a trust from Him, to be used according to His direction.”  {AH 367.1}

“Every human being,” she says is a steward. “Money is not ours; houses and grounds, pictures and furniture, garments and luxuries, do not belong to us. Whether we recognize it or not, we are stewards, supplied from God with talents and facilities and placed in the world to do a work appointed by Him.”  {AH 367.2}

By Mitch Hazekamp

Mitch Hazekamp
Mitch Hazekamp

Stewardship/Trust Services Director

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