Definition of the Four T’s of Stewardship

Bible Summary. A Biblical definition of stewardship is “having dominion over the works of God.” The definition of stewardship can be broken down into four components, the Four Ts of Stewardship: time, talent, temple, and treasure. God has given us our life and our time to manage as part of us being his steward. The definition of stewardship includes caring for all things that God has given us. This includes our bodies. The definition of stewardship also includes the making use of the talents and abilities that God had given us. As God’s chosen representatives, his stewards, God has also given us material things to faithfully administer for his glory. See below for Biblical commentary concerning the definition of the four T’s of stewardship.

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Definition of Stewardship: Having Dominion Over the Works of God.

A Biblical definition of stewardship is “having dominion over the works of God.” The works of God’s hands includes all the material things and creatures of the Earth. We as stewards are not the owners of these things, but we are the stewards who have dominion of these things.

See Scripture Commentary: Psalm 8:6 advises us of God giving us dominion over his works and creation.


The Four T’s of Stewardship: Time, Temple, Talent, and Treasure

1. Time - Redeeming the Time That God Has Given You.

God has given us our life and our time to manage as part of us being his steward. As good stewards, he expects us to manage our time, our life, according to his will. We are to redeem the time that God has provided us.

See Scripture Commentary: Ephesians 5:16 advises us to redeem our time for God’s glory.

2. Temple - Care For Your Body, the Temple of the Holy Ghost.

The definition of stewardship includes caring for all things that God has given us. This includes our bodies. As Christians, our bodies are the temples of the Holy Ghost. If our bodies are to be temples of the Holy Ghost, then it goes without saying that we should not defile our bodies with sin.

See Scripture Commentary: 1st Corinthians 6:19 advises us that our bodies are the not ours, but the temple of the Holy Ghost.



3. Talents - Use Our Given Talents For Good Works.

The definition of stewardship also includes the making use of the talents and abilities that God had given us. God has given each us unique talents and he desires us to put our talents to good use. As Christians, we can even say that God has ordained us with our unique talents to do his good works.

See Scripture Commentary: Ephesians 2:10 advises us that we are ordained with unique talents and that we should walk in them.

4. Treasure - Being Accountable For God’s Treasure.

A key definition of stewardship is being accountable for God’s treasures. The Bible tells us that all things are created by God and all things are God’s. As God’s chosen representatives, his stewards, God has given us material things to faithfully administer for his glory.

See Scripture Commentary: Haggai 2:8 tells us that all material things are God’s and not ours.

More About Stewardship: Cross & Crown Ministries - THE 5 "Ts" of STEWARDSHIP; kenboa.org - STEWARDSHIP: YOUR TIME, TALENT, AND TREASURE