From the introduction:
There is a tremendous difference between ownership and stewardship. The owner is responsible to no one except himself, and he is free to use whatever is his own as he chooses and to dispose of it in any way he desires. A steward holds possessions, but acknowledges the ownership of another to whom he must account both for the use he makes of his possessions and of the disposition of them.
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In very fact God is the owner, and the only owner there is in all the universe. He alone can righteously use whatever is as He chooses, and dispose according to His own will without making account to any other beside.
But men are inclined to forget that God is sole owner. They are inclined to think of themselves as having unquestioned power to use and to dispose, and it is this error in concept that leads many to the misuse of their possessions. In general, men tend to be either miserly or prodigal to degrees that are sinful; and, at best, the economical life of men lacks substantial meaning unless and until they come to know themselves as partners with God in the great task of turning material things into spiritual realities.
The Table of Contents are as follows:
THE GENERAL IDEA OF STEWARDSHIP
THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN
THE PARABLE OF THE UNJUST STEWARD
OUR TIME BELONGS TO GOD
TIME IS VALUABLE
MAKING OUR BODIES A LIVING SACRIFICE
WALK, LOOKING ALL AROUND
SYMPTOMS NOT THE DISEASE
GETTING DOWN TO FUNDAMENTALS
WE REALLY HAVE PLENTY OF TIME
“PASTIME” AND “KILLING TIME”
MY TIME IS ALL SPOKEN FOR
THE PLOW AND THE ALTAR
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE?
“I HAVE MISSED IT AT LAST”
ON THE DEVIL’S TERRITORY
“THOMAS WAS NOT THERE”
A SERMON TO THE EMPTY PEWS
IF I SHOULD DIE TODAY