“Stewardship,” writes David King, “might lead us to a picture the exact oppose of courage…In a first meeting with a financial planner, you are likely to take an assessment to gauge your risk tolerance. . . We minimize risk to play it safe in order to preserve the nest egg we have worked so hard to build.”

“But that is not,” he continues, “exactly the stewardship metaphor we get through scripture . . . It is the servant who buries his talents (mitigating all risk) who is chastised by the master. . . . The servants who risked were praised and rewarded . . . but it was less the economic prowess that the master praised, it was their trustworthiness: ‘You have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things.’”

Living courageously and stewardship are directly tied to trust.

Stewardship is not merely a church word associated with fundraising, pledging and annual budgets. Stewardship is a theological word that leads us to cling to God’s promise for the future . . . When we live courageously we can wait expectantly upon the Lord, risking the safety and comfort of the status quo for the change to live into the role that God calls us to play in the ongoing creation, redemption and transformation of this world.

(credit: David King, ELCA Annual Stewardship Emphasis: Giving, March 2017)