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The Unnamed Steward

stewardship bible The unnamed steward in Matthew 21 can teach us some valuable lessons about how to be a “God’s-kingdom-first” type of steward. We know that this steward was a male and had two donkeys.

We don’t know if Jesus talked to him earlier about this arrangement, if the donkeys were his only possessions, or even if Jesus would return them to the owner when He was done using them.

We do know that Jesus needed a donkey to ride into Jerusalem to fulfill prophecy, and this man’s good stewardship helped accomplish that purpose. I’ve learned three lessons on stewardship from this donkey owner:

“You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving.” — Amy Carmichael

Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away. — Matthew 21:2–3, NIV

Prayer: Lord, help us all to be good stewards for Your kingdom and recognize that everything comes from You.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jason Malinak is an Assistant Treasurer at the Global Ministry Center in Colorado Springs, CO.

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