The Art of Stewardship

Jesus sent his disciples on a mission, giving them very specific instruction on what he needed.

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” Matthew 21:1-3 NIV

Just in case you missed it, I have to state the obvious. A man had a donkey.

Jesus needed a donkey and there was someone who had the resource he needed.

In order to give something, you must first have it to give.

So, what attitudes and perspectives should guide our thinking about acquiring resources? I call it the art of stewardship.

Embrace God’s desire to bless you – God is not a taker. He is a giver! When he delivered the children of Israel out of slavery in Egypt he brought them to a “good land” filled with provision (Deuteronomy 8:7-10)

Moses challenged the people to always remember it was God who blessed and provided for them.

But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth Deuteronomy 8:18 NIV

God gives the ability to produce wealth. That requires action, initiative and development on our part.

Embrace God’s wisdom on earning it – God’s wisdom identifies two temptations in our approach to money. The lazy irresponsible perspective always leads to less. The all-consuming lust for more often leads to a crushing burden of debt. Two questions will reveal your heart when it comes to money.

  1. Am I content?
  2. How do I feel when challenged to give?

Embrace God’s plan to manage it – It’s God’s plan that we live with margin. He asks for 10% of our increase. We encourage people to save 10% and then enjoy the remaining 80%.

It’s a simple plan that will help you give significantly, save wisely and enjoy life.

God wants to bless you because he loves you. When you have resources available, you are free to partner with God to make a difference in the world.

As we prepare for our yearly Heart for the House special offering on November 22nd, we encourage you to pray and ask God to guide you as you give and make your pledge