“It is required of stewards that they be found faithful.”
1 Corinthians 4:2
God has entrusted us with many things to steward (manage): relationships, finances, faith, suffering, and the list goes on. When God entrusts us with something to steward (manage, take care of), it is required that we be found faithful. So far, we’ve discussed managing the message of the Gospel, the upcoming generation, and suffering. Today, let’s talk about…
If you’re reading this, you are rich.
Why would I say that? Because you’re reading it on a smartphone, computer, or tablet of some sort, putting you in a small upper percentage of the wealthiest people on the planet. You may not be sit-on-a-pile-of-cash, blow-your-nose-with-hundred-dollar-bills rich, but you are rich nonetheless.
There is a lot that can be (and has been) said on the topic of stewarding our finances, but I think it’s pretty well summed up in this one verse from the Apostle Paul to Timothy:
“[The rich] are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,”
1 Timothy 6:18 (ESV)
That’s a pretty straightforward checklist:
- Do good.
Instead of being known for what we have, we should be known for how we live. Are you simply good at saving and spending or are you good at living? Being a faithful steward means leveraging what you have for good — and not just your own good!
- Be rich in good works.
This is a followup to #1, but can’t be reiterated enough. Whether I feel like I have a lot or a little, I don’t want to be known for what’s in my bank account or what I drive; I want to be known for how I live and Who I live for.
- Be generous and ready to share.
It’s ok to have nice things. The problem is when nice things have you. As rich people, we are to be generous with our God-given gifts, glorifying Him as the Giver by being ready and willing to give to others.
Contrary to the great theologian, P. Diddy, it is not all about the Benjamins. It is actually about how you use your Benjamins (or Washingtons or Jeffersons) to benefit others and glorify God.
K E V I N • M I L L E R
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