Spiritual Stewardship may be broken down into several key rules:
The Rule of Rightful Ownership
Nothing truly belongs to us; everything actually belongs to God. (Psalm 24)
When we are blessed with money and materialistic things, and when we receive acclaim for any accomplishment, we’re getting not what we deserve, but what God
in His grace lovingly allows us to enjoy and care for. The essence of life is not ownership but stewardship – - the faithful management of all that God entrusts to us.
As a part of their financial planning, many people place their assets in a trust, a vehicle that holds and administers those assets to maximize the benefits for all concerned. God has given you some of his assets to hold in trust for Him.
The Rule of Purposeful Possession
Wise stewards are guided by Lordship not “Hoardship.”
Scripture: Luke 12
No one sets out to be like the rich fool in Luke 12. But the pull to amass things for one’s personal benefit is strong, especially in an un-certain and materialistic world. Jesus gives the only alternative: become rich toward God. How? By concentrating on giving to God rather than getting for self.
What do you think we are trying to accomplish by our rush to acquire, accumulate and hoard wealth and possessions?
The Rule of Guaranteed Return
As you give so it will be given to you.
Scripture: Luke 6:38
The purpose behind this promise is that we be motivated to give because it’s a sensible investment. Spiritually speaking, there’s virtually no risk but all reward; any gift given for God’s glory is backed by the infinite resources of the Bank of Heaven. There is no doubt about it, no cause for concern, no conditions under which the return is held back or held up. It will come.
How would you describe the “measure” you’ve been using in your giving? Is it an eye dropper? A teaspoon? A cup? A bucket? A barrel?
Let us prayerfully seek the grace to live as spiritual stewards.