As an entrepreneur, Joe likes having something of his own that he created and that he has control over. Joe recognizes that to be a steward we realize that all of this is not ours, and that God owns it all. We are taking care of it, we are managing it, we are developing it, and improving it for somebody else. This is counter-intuitive and counter-cultural.
So, as an entrepreneur, the reason people like me do what we do, the reason we get into this at all is because we like being in control, and we like having something that is ours, building something that we own.
So, to be a steward and realizing that all of this is not ours, that it’s God’s, that he owns it all, that we’re just taking care of it, we’re managing it, we’re building it, developing it and improving it for somebody else is sort of counterintuitive and counter-cultural.
But, at the same time, it also means that all of the risk, and all the responsibility and all of the pressure to perform and all of the endless striving for the next thing is pointless. It all goes away if you’re a steward because it’s not yours; it’s not your responsibility.
So, for me, stewardship is all about motive that’s it. It’s not a difference in the performance. It’s not a difference in the outcome. It’s, why do you do what you do? If I’m just doing it because it’s mine, then that just means I’m a jerk. But, if we’re just giving because we’re getting, then we’re interrupting that cycle.
So, for me, working hard and doing my best is not opposed to this whole idea of stewardship. It’s the reason we do it. Why do I do what I do? Do I work hard and do I do my best just because I’m going to benefit from it? Or do I do that because I’m a steward and I’m accountable to somebody else?
By definition, being a steward means that you do not have ownership, that you don’t possess whatever it is that you’re a steward of. It’s been given to you. It’s a gift. It’s something that somebody else bestowed on you.
I am a steward because it’s not mine.