The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world and all who live in it, for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters. – Psalm 24:1-2 NIV
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised. – Job 1:21 NIV
The key is perspective. In order to manage money God’s way, you have to approach it with the perspective that everything you have was given to you by God, and it is His to give and to take away. It’s not yours, it’s His. Your job is to be a steward of what He gives you. This applies to everything; to your body, your time, and your finances.
God doesn’t give everyone the same amount of blessing in every area of life. We have to trust that He knows what He is doing. He says if we are good stewards of what He has given us, He will bless us. Look at Jesus’ parable of the talents in Matthew chapter 25. The master rewarded the servants who were good stewards of what he had given them but took away what he had given to the servant who was a poor steward.
So what is a steward anyway? A steward is simply someone who manages or looks after someone else’s property. So if we are to manage Jesus’ property well, what things should we do and what things should we not do? When you look at “your” money with this perspective, it really becomes quite easy to know.
Should you work hard and utilize each of the skills and talents that God has given you?
This website is dedicated to Christian personal finance; helping you understand what the Bible says about managing your money and simple ways to apply those principles. We will look at what the Bible says about tithing, debt, saving, work and stewardship. The most important aspect to understand is that you are a steward. If you get that, it all starts to fall into place!
Also, it’s very important to remember that God is full of mercy and grace (Psalm 103). He is quick to forgive us if we have been unfaithful in any areas of our stewardship. If you find yourself in a predicament of your own making, take heart. With His help, you can begin to turn it around. Let’s start today!
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