1. Genesis 1:28: “God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.'”
2. Genesis 2:15: “The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”
3. Matthew 25:14-30: The Parable of the Talents, which teaches about using our resources and abilities wisely and faithfully.
4. Luke 12:42-44: “The Lord answered, ‘Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.'”
5. 1 Corinthians 4:2: “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”
6. 1 Peter 4:10: “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
7. Psalm 24:1: “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”
8. Luke 16:10-11: “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?”
10. 1 Timothy 6:17-19: “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way, they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”
These verses highlight the responsibility and accountability of believers as stewards of God’s creation, resources, and gifts. They emphasize the importance of faithfulness, wise management, and using our resources for the benefit of others and for God’s purposes. Stewardship involves recognizing that everything we have ultimately belongs to God and using it in a way that honors Him and blesses others.