The exercise of the office of one called to have responsible care of possessions entrusted to him or her. As used of Christian stewardship in a broad sense, the word refers to the responsibility of God’s people for, and use of, everything entrusted to them by God—life, physical being, time, talents and abilities, material possessions, opportunities to be of service to others, and their knowledge of truth. Seventh-day Adventists conceive of this life as a divinely appointed opportunity to learn to be faithful stewards, thereby qualifying for the higher stewardship of eternal things in the future life. God originally appointed Adam to be steward of this world ( Gen. 1:28 ), but through sin Adam forfeited the full exercise of his overlordship ( Luke 4:6 ). Three of our Lord’s parables t...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.