Setting the stewardship standard
Money consumes many of us in our current culture. Our churches are full of bankers, financial planners, stockbrokers, money managers, venture capitalists, CPAs, lawyers, and all kinds of men and women who are constantly giving financial advice. How would you like the free counsel of a man who has been recognized the world over as one of the richest, most successful, and wisest men who ever lived? This particular man “wrote the book” on international commerce. His name? Solomon. Listen to his counsel to you and me on money management—Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine (Proverbs 3:9-10).
There are a lot of questions regarding stewardship today. How much should I give? How can we possibly afford to return one/tenth of our income back to God? However, there are four formidable questions every believer should ask about his or her own stewardship.
I. What is the purpose of my stewardship?
Honor the Lord.
II. What is the product of my stewardship?
With your possessions.
III. What is the priority of my stewardship?
With the first fruits of all your increase.
IV. What is the promise of my stewardship?
So that your barns will be filled...
The greatest stewardship verse in all the Bible is found in John 3:16. For God so loved the world that He gave… The Lord Jesus was the product of the Father’s stewardship to you and me. He was His only Son, the firstfruit of all of us who would be born again after Him. What a privilege is ours to honor God with our own lives and with the first fruits of our possessions. He said, Those who honor Me, I will honor.