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We Are All God's Trustees

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


We might not be labeled a trustee of a church, a bank, or another person's property and finances. However, we are responsible for so much more.

Some people are trustees of their local church. Their main duties include taking care of everything relating to the building, church properties, the grounds, and the church's finances. People don't have a problem understanding that. What they don't understand is that we are all trustees even though that is not a job we list on a resume, on Facebook, or on LinkedIn.

Trustee: Definition

Everybody can clearly see the word "trust" in the word "trustee." Trustees are people who can be trusted.

A trustee is a legal term for anyone who is in a position where trust is required. The person is the holder of property or finances on behalf of a beneficiary.


General Duties of a Trustee

While some duties of a trustee are different when it comes to organizations and taking care of personal property and finances of others, here are some common characteristics for all trustees no matter what has been entrusted to them.

  • The trustee must be committed to defending the trust.
  • Honesty is a must.
  • Every trustee should be loyal.
  • The trustee should administer in the best interest of the beneficiary no matter what it takes to do so.

We Are All Trustees

We are all trustees of God's earth. In case, you don't understand, let me explain.

"The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein." (Psalm 24:1)

The psalmist reminds us that the earth and everything in it belongs to the Lord. We do not own anything, but God owns everything and made us trustees to use what belongs to Him while we are here on earth. As God's trustees, we are to take care of God's property, and that includes everything that's in our possession. God allows us to use what we think is ours, but truly everything on this earth belongs to God.

Commentary on Psalm 24:1

David begins Psalm 24 by letting readers know that God owns this earth, and He has dominion over everything on this earth.

We might think we belong to ourselves, but we don't. We ourselves are not our own. Our bodies are not our own, and our souls are definitely not our own. Because we belong to God, we receive blessings from Him, and He is the only one who could and did provide a plan of salvation for us.

We could never give ourselves the blessings that God gives. We could not and did not save ourselves. That's why God sent Jesus to save us from our sins.

Some people think and even say that Psalm 24:1 means taking care of the planet by keeping it green. While that certainly is what we should do, the psalmist had more than global warming in mind when he penned that verse.

David used the expression "and the fulness thereof" to refer to all that is the earth; every single thing which helps "fill up" the earth. That includes animals, minerals, vegetables, trees, water, and people. All those things belong to God. He merely made us trustees over them. He allows us to use them. However, he mandates that we take care of His belongings. When we get a grasp of that concept, there would be no more hating, mistreating, hurting, and killing God's people. We would treat everybody better and love them as God does. When we refrain from loving others and being kind to them, we fail to be trustees.

The psalmist also used the expression "and they that dwell therein." That simply means the inhabitants of the earth, including people and animals of all kinds. God owns all people and animals that walk or crawl on the face of the earth. He is the proprietor of all fowls that fly in the air and every creature that swims in the sea.

Something to Consider

When some people borrow something from a friend or neighbor, they tend to take special care of it because they do not want to return the item in poor condition. They realize what they borrowed is not theirs. Since the item belongs to someone else, they become trustees over it while it is in their possession.

God wants people to have the same mindset with His property and take care of it. All of us are trustees, and we should be serious about what God has trusted us with: "His earth and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein." (Psalm 24:1)

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