Stewardship Started in the Beginning!

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” – Genesis 1:1

As the Creator, God has absolute rights of ownership over all things.

1 Corinthians 3:9 states…“For we are coworkers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.”

Stewardship defines our purpose in this world as assigned by God, Himself.

God owns everything; we are simply managers or administrators acting on his behalf. Therefore, stewardship expresses our obedience regarding the administration of everything God has placed under our control.

While God has graciously entrusted us with the care, development, and enjoyment of everything He owns as His stewards, we are responsible to manage His holdings well and according to His desires and purposes.

The Parable of the Talents explains this well.

Like the Parable of the Talents, we will be called to give an account of how we have administered everything we have been given, including our time, money, abilities, information, wisdom, relationships, and authority.

Biblical Stewardship does not require that a Christian despise money or discontinue earning it. Money is a necessity for basic living. It is the love money that the Bible warns us against (1 Timothy 6:10).

Good stewardship encourages us to find true value in life. According to Proverbs 11:28, it is the righteous and not the rich who will thrive. The righteous thrive by their character (Proverbs 22:1).

Trusting and believing in God offers the righteous a lifetime of wealth (Romans 11:33).

Biblical Stewardship calls a Christian to give back to God by tithing. The word “tithe” merely a “a tenth”. For God, tithing has more to do with one’s heart during the act of giving then the actual amount given to God (Luke 21:1-4).

Giving everything you have as an expression of love to God weighs far more than the greater offering with the wrong attitude. It is about devotion rather than duty.
 

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