One may think that by working they are being a good steward. The answer to this is yes and no. Yes because you are working and earning your pay and providing. This is stewardship in its own right because the apostle Paul stated, “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living” (2 Thess. 3:10-12). Indeed working is being a steward, yet it is still not necessarily being a good steward.
It is not necessarily being a good steward. It is not because you may be working with a begrudging attitude. You may be working just to get paid and cannot wait for the weekend and days off. You are not working out of joy and happiness. Simply, you are working only because you have to and not because it is what we were created for. God created man and placed him in the garden to tend and keep it (Gen. 2:15). After the expulsion from Eden, the order to work was not lifted, it was just made more difficult (c.f. Gen. 3:17-19). Work is still part of what we were created to do.
Since it is what we were created for, it would be good to work with the proper attitude. In other words, be good stewards of the work we have been given. In Proverbs 16:3 we are told this wise statement, “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” When we work we commit our work to the Lord. When we do this we are saying “Lord I may not like this job, but I want to do a good job for you. I want to do great work because I am working for you. I commit my work to you Lord and ask for you to guide me and lead me through this.”
That is how we commit our work to the Lord. We give it to Him and seek to work for Him. The apostle Paul tells us this same concept, just in a different way, in Colossians 3:23-24 when he wrote, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” What we do is for the Lord and no one else. If you show up to work and only halfway do a job, you are not slacking on the boss, but the Lord.
Being a good steward of your job is being like Joseph was in Egypt. He committed his work to the Lord. He worked at all he did as if he was working for the Lord. He was a slave and was forced to do what he did, but he still worked as if he was working for the Lord and not man (c.f. Gen. 39-41). He was a man who knew that what he did was for the Lord and that since God had placed him there, he had better work the best he could. He stewarded the work he was given well. He worked for the Lord and did good work for his earthly masters. This is how we should be regardless of what job we are in. Whatever job you work, work it for the Lord. Glorify God in your work, and when you do, you are stewarding your job well.