A new era of stewardship is here, as God calls His Josephs to rise and take their place.
Have you endured periods of waiting, in the call of God? You may identify with Joseph’s story and calling (Genesis 37-50).
For a season you may have been set aside or unrecognized by people, but God sees you!
And the Lord wants you to know that He has gifted and called you, according to His purpose.
- You may have experienced great trials, but these have only served to enrich and prepare you for what is ahead.
God is Releasing His Gifts of Stewardship
The need for stewardship of all types has never been greater.
I believe God is saying, “I have reserves that you do not know about.”
And He has destined these resources to reach every sphere of the church and society. This includes gifts of people and supplies, along with counsel and wisdom.
If you can relate to being called as a “distributor”, you may have faced great challenges of supply, but God is at work!
And stewardship is on His agenda right now.
7 Insights About God-Appointed Stewardship
1. The “Due Season” (kairos) for Stewardship is Now
“And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season?” (Luke 12:42 NKJV)
“Who, then?” The question hangs in the air, and it waits to be answered.
Today, we can meditate upon Jesus’ words and realize, “that’s me!”
The word translated as “due season” is the Greek word kairos, which also means appointed time.
2. The Power and Purpose of Stewardship are in Distribution
There is a flow of stewardship, and the story of Joseph demonstrates this:
- Gather, store, and distribute the resources
- And manage the whole through wise governance!
Through Joseph’s leadership, nations were kept alive during a famine (Gen 45:7).
And this is a message for our time; that while gathering is essential to stewardship—and multiplication glorifies God—the ultimate purpose is distribution .
3. There is Stewardship of Wisdom and Counsel
In Judges chapter 4, God raised Deborah to be a judge and prophet.
And her story demonstrates that stewardship does not only apply to physical resources. For God is also raising up His leaders to release wisdom, discernment, and righteous counsel.
Such wisdom is timely and carries His authority—and the counsel of the Lord will reach far and wide.
During the era Deborah led Israel, she held court and decided cases.
She also brought the word of the Lord—most notably, to Barak, a leader of Israel’s army. Ultimately, Deborah’s instructions were sent out to the far reaches of the nation, and Israel was delivered out of the enemy’s hand!
4. A Steward is a Faithful Representative
When Pharaoh promoted Joseph was promoted to rule in Egypt, Joseph had his own steward. And this unnamed “steward of the house” appears in various parts of the narrative. He follows Joseph’s instructions to the letter and oversees the distribution.
It is this steward who is “at the door” when Joseph’s brothers approach him.
“…he said, “Peace be with you, do not be afraid. Your God and the God of your father has given you treasure in your sacks; I had your money.” Then he brought Simeon out to them.”(Gen 43:23)
What grace-filled words, from someone who was truly a representative, of both Joseph and God. 
5. Stewardship is a Divine Function
The Holy Spirit is the “steward” of the Godhead.
Jesus said, “He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you” (John 16:14 NKJV, see also John 14:26).
The Holy Spirit is the distributor of gifts (1 Cor 12) and the one who reveals the treasures of the storehouse of heaven. It is He who feeds us and supplies God’s power and gifts from His very throne.
So, a benefit of meditating on the glory of stewardship is to have a fresh awareness and awe, of who the Holy Spirit is to us.
6. God is Elevating Stewardship
In Isaiah 22, the prophet declares that God is promoting Eliakim to the position of royal steward of King Hezekiah‘s palace—in a word so potent, that it contains Messianic prophecy!
“‘Then it shall be in that day, That I will call My servant Eliakim”.
The name Eliakim means “God raises” or “God sets up” (Strong’s H471 – one says “resurrection of God”).
“I will fasten him as a peg in a secure place, and he will become a glorious throne to his father’s house. ‘They will hang on him all the glory of his father’s house, the offspring and the posterity, all vessels of small quantity, from the cups to all the pitchers.” (Isaiah 22:23-24 NKJV)
I believe that in our time, God is elevating stewardship.
And this word about Eliakim, speaks of security, glory, God-given authority, and the timing of God. [3,4]
7. Stewardship is a Gift that Produces Growth
In Acts chapter 6, there is grumbling amongst the people because food is being unfairly distributed.
So, they seek out and appoint those who will “serve tables” and “attend to this business” in a stewardship role!
Then after this takes place, the church experiences explosive growth. And those who are faithful in stewardship, like Philip the Evangelist, became the next generation of fivefold ministry leaders.
Multiplied to Many
Today, hear God say, “I am raising my stewards.” Yet in times of limitation, it’s easy to take our eyes off our calling to distribute!
So be assured of the Lord’s promise, “I have set aside what you need, and I am revealing my kindness and salvation through you.”
Look to the example of Jesus, standing before a crowd, with a few loaves and fish in His hands (John 6:11). You may feel as though you don’t have much, but He will multiply it to many.
For the long season of preparation is over and the time for distribution is here.
 This may be a key difference between our own cultural view of stewardship and Biblical stewardship. The Biblical emphasis leans toward distribution, whereas our definition of stewardship is good management of what belongs to another (e.g., Merriam-Webster here).
 This reminds me of Abraham’s faithful servant, who was in charge of his house (Gen 24:2)
He traveled with camel-loads of wealthy gifts to secure a bride for Abraham’s son Isaac.
 In the same prophetic discourse, God removes Shebna—whose name means vigor (Strong’s H7644, Is 22:15-18). But it was his own strength, used for abuse and selfish gain. In contrast to Eliakim, Shebna’s position as the steward was insecure.
 Related stories in Isaiah 36 and 2 Kings 18-19 show that Eliakim’s presence was critical in a time of great national threat
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Which insight about stewardship speaks most to you, today? I first shared this teaching back in September and have been inspired by “distribution” ever since then! I’d love to hear from you, so leave your comment in the box below.
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47 thoughts on “Stewardship: 7 Insights About God-Appointed Stewardship”
Yes it is happening. Like Christ there has been suffering and death, but now we move to resurrection. The cycles of training and healing are now moving to the actual calling. I received an email today from a secular authority. The door has been opened.
Well put, and many of us can relate. I’m glad to hear of the open door Mike, may the opportunities continue to break open for you
Thank you so much for this insight. flesh and blood does not reveal this to you but the Holy Spirit does. God will continue to bless u with wisdom and revelation to inspire God’s people in Jesus Name. Pls pray for me as the Holy Spirit lead ma.
Thank you, Gabriel,
may you continue to rest in and enjoy God’s favor
And “…the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him” (Eph 1:17, NKJV)
Hi Helen, woman of God, l thank you so much for this message, it seemed as if my waiting has already been at a loss, l happen to feel deep severe pain for being so devotional and surrendered my all to our Father God, but all was in vain and l felt left out and rejected . I know God loves us all, but l felt grief-stricken and cold. Thanks to hear God is in control and distributing what He knows best for us. May God bless you more and more until it overflows to the rest of us.
What a word in due season. Thank you Sis!
I’m glad to hear it, Brooke!
“For such a time as this”
Thank you for posting this! The Lord used it to help me fill in a puzzle!
I am crying so hard right now! His goodness undoes me!
oh, that is SO good, Christy
thank You Jesus!
I am so encouraged by your message on stewardship and distribution! Thank you for being obedient to God and yielding to HIS call on your life.
I am now 81 years old and have been walking with the Lord for almost 65 of those years. I am sooo grateful for God’s hand on my life. Please keep up the ‘God-work’ you’re doing. His peace, Gladys
thank you, Gladys, and what an inspiration and blessing you are, that means a lot to me
What an amazing testimony. You have inspired me, I feel like when I reach 81 yrs (young I say) I would be close to as many years walking with The Lord as you are now.
May the God of hope full you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in Hope.
I thank God for this powerful word sent forth to me, this Prophetic message speaks to me, l received this encouraging words at right time, as a young minister asking many questions about my calling, being not recognized, l kindly requesting your pray for me
Hi Philiso, I’m praying for you right now,
thank you Father for Philiso’s life and calling, know and loved by You. We ask for increased clarity by the Spirit of God and peace for unanswered questions, break open the way for You are the Waymaker, in Jesus’ Name
Oh My God, this is such a Rhema Word to me and for me because this exactly where I am in the journey of God’s calling upon my life. I feel so encouraged to push through and to trust in God’s timing. Thank you so much and I almost ignored the email until I read through only to realize it was necessary for me.
God Bless you.
and God bless you, Samke,
may His joy abound as you Realize the extent of His grace, and attention toward you. He knows the way you take, He is bringing you forth as gold.
This word reminds me of Jesus words, ” You feed them”. He challenged the disciples to minister His provision. ” Distribute” the word. Feed them the whole counsel of God. Feed them the Jewish canon. Fill them with Torah and Ketuvim ( Jer 31:33). Live Jacob ( James) 1:22; Ezra 7:10. Teach them covenantal fauthfulness ( Hosea 2:19-20). Steward the teaching of God- a body of prophetic ( sometimes priestly) & the law of the priest’s code well. Teach them how receive My cycles of blessing and reject the cycles of destruction through understanding My calendar. Teach them about My Shabbatot, how to make distinction between the holy and common, & how to go back to the covenant and covenant lived experience.
yes i love those stories of Jesus feeding the crowds with a few bread and fish and teaching His disciples so much – very rich for us today!