“It is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.”
(I Corinthians 4:2)
How We Regard Money
When we are faithful stewards, we regard our money in God-pleasing ways. The Bible encourages us to take a positive attitude toward our possessions. Stewards are encouraged to view their material possessions as gifts of God and to be thankful for them. As faithful Christian stewards, we realize that everything comes from God and our material goods are unmerited blessings to be received with glad and grateful hearts.
How We Manage Money
When we are faithful stewards, we manage our money in God-pleasing ways. The Bible says that money is to be used, not hoarded. The Bible is also clear about not squandering our resources. We need to think through our intentions and prayerfully submit them to God, asking, “How much should I set aside for this or for that? When am I storing away too much, and when am I saving too little?
How We Spend Money
“When we are faithful stewards, we spend our money in God-pleasing ways. Stewardship is about giving up the love of possessing and practicing a life of simplicity; of developing the habit of giving things away; of buying only what is absolutely necessary; of rejecting anything to which we are becoming addicted; of learning to enjoy things without owning them; of developing a greater appreciation of and respect for the natural world; of rejecting anything that will result in an injustice for others.” (Quote from John Westerhoff in Grateful and Generous Hearts)
Stewardship and the Church
Stewardship is a matter of faithful living, of recognizing that all we are and all we have belongs to God and is to be given to God as an act of worship, as an expression of faith, and as a spiritual discipline through which we commit our hearts in love and praise. Such faithful living is a response to the gospel, recognition of the good news that the rule of God has come near, that Jesus is our Lord, and that the Holy spirit will direct and guide us to be the people God wants us to be and to have the abundant, joyful lives that God wants us to have.
If you are looking for a resource for a Bible study or a small group study on Stewardship, I highly recommend Giving to God: The Bible’s Good News about Living a Generous Life by Mark Allan Powell. The thoughts above were taken from a chapter in that book.
Deborah Rexrode, Associate for Stewardship
Presbytery of the James