We don’t own anything in this world. Stewardship means we are mere managers of the blessings that God so graciously bestows upon us.
I can tell you after $4,500+ in unexpected expenses just this week, my flesh could have easily defaulted to the perception of burden. Only days later to have our bank account compromised to the tune of $1,000. Stick a fork in me! I. Am. Done! When it comes to financial stewardship, it is super easy to resort to that “wolf at the door” way of thinking. To avoid this, being obedient to God is key. As much as we didn’t want to forgo the momentum, had we not slowed our debt snowball over the summer, and stashed money into savings, we might be singing an entirely different tune.
What is stewardship anyway? A quick Google search turns up a variety of wordy definitions, but in a nutshell it’s: the responsible overseeing and protection of something considered worth caring for and preserving. #family
Plenty of Humility, but No Heat
Rudely awakened at 4 a.m. one day this week, to a cold house, was the final straw. There wasn’t much we could do at 4 in the morning. So, we moseyed back to bed after a quick troubleshoot and cranked up the heated mattress pad. I prayed, not wanting to give way to the impending frustration – “Lord, I can’t. But You can.” I refused to worry about it and I went back to sleep.
Turn Up the Heat
At 5:30, I pulled the covers back and raced to the closet for some warm clothes. Crossing the threshold into the closet I was greeted by warm air. The heat was on! Still, aware that there may be an underlying problem we scheduled an appointment to have our HVAC system serviced. Turns out the bearings in the motor were bad. Unfortunately, the motor had to be replaced. Fortunately, we had the funds to pay for the repair. Being able to remain at home as 5 inches of snow fell last night was a blessing. Good stewardship of all our gifts, including money, is so very important.
1 Timothy 6:7 Tells us that we didn’t bring anything into this world. Nor will we take anything out of it. Everything belongs to God. We are mere stewards of His gifts. Which brings me to 5 ways to be a good steward of God’s money:
- Tithe: Malachi 3:10 says to “bring all tithes (tenth) into the storehouse.” But before you say, “that’s old testament law,” hear me out. God is after your heart, not your money. See Mark 12:41-44. Also, 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 says this: 6 Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully<sup class=”footnote” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px;” data-fn=”#fen-ESV-28946a” data-link=”[a]”>[a] will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. God doesn’t want you to give begrudgingly. Start small if you need to, but practice giving regularly.
- Save: Proverbs 21:20 “There is precious treasure and oil in the house of the wise.” The verse goes on to say that “a foolish man swallows it up and wastes it.” Granny was right, you need a rainy day fund!
- Live Simply: Proverbs 13:7-17 encourages us to live an authentic life, as God will liberally supply all of our needs – Philippians 4:19 We are tasked to live an abundant life, not an extravagant one.
- Waste Not: Not only are we to be good stewards of money, but of our time, talents, gifts, abilities, and influence. All of these are bestowed upon us by our Heavenly Father. We are expected to manage them according to His will for our lives. We are not to be wasteful, John 6:12 nor are we to live with a poverty mindset.
- Contentment: Contentment isn’t something that is found, it’s an attitude. Theodore Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” The Bible has something to say about this also: Proverbs 14:30 says that “envy is like rottenness to the bones.” You won’t find contentment at Kohl’s or the car dealership. You can try, but surely, it will end with a bill and some buyers remorse for a moment of superficial satisfaction.
When we serve God through good stewardship, in a way that is satisfying to Him, He rewards us. While I encourage you to follow the link to Deuteronomy 28:1-14 and see just what God promises those who are obedient to Him, it can be summarized in one word: BLESSED! Subscribe below.