Biblical Stewardship

 Biblical stewardship is the principle of managing and using resources (including time, talents, and money) in a manner that is pleasing to God. It is rooted in the belief that everything we have is a gift from God, and we are responsible for using it wisely and for His glory. Are you a good steward?

The Bible teaches that we are to be faithful stewards of all that God has entrusted to us. This includes not only our possessions, but also our time, talents, and abilities. In Matthew 25:14-30, Jesus tells the parable of the talents, in which a master entrusts his servants with talents (a unit of currency) while he is away. When he returns, he finds that two of the servants have used their talents to gain more, but the third has buried his talent out of fear. The master praises the first two for their faithfulness and rewards them, but he is displeased with the third and takes away his talent. This parable teaches that God expects us to use the resources he has given us to further His kingdom and bring Him glory.

In addition to being faithful stewards of our resources, the Bible also teaches us to be generous with what we have. Proverbs 11:24-25 says, "One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed." When we give generously, we are demonstrating our trust in God's provision and our willingness to be a blessing to others.

Stewardship also involves being wise with our money and using it to glorify God. The Bible teaches that money is a tool that can be used for good or evil. In 1 Timothy 6:17-19, Paul writes, "Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life."

Biblical stewardship is about managing and using all of the resources God has given us in a manner that is pleasing to Him. It involves being faithful with what we have been given, being generous with others, and being wise with our money. By living out biblical stewardship, we can glorify God, bless others, and lay up treasure for the coming age.

Make this the year you give more and spend less. Test God in this. “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows." Malachi 3:10

Pastor Jody
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