Article from New Spring Church, South Carolina
God created us in His image to be His managers over the world He created. We are responsible to God for how we manage our lives and the resources that come into our possession because everything we have we owe to Him.
No matter where we are in our walk with Jesus, there is always a next step in stewardship. Since God made everything, knows everything, and owns everything, His perspective of how we should manage our lives and resources is perfect. Recognizing that everything comes from God must occur before we can fully submit our finances to Him.
God Has Ownership; We Have Stewardship
Our God, the ultimate giver, loves us so much that He gave His Son, Jesus, so we could be reunited with Him. When we proclaim Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we inherit the Holy Spirit. From that moment, we are no longer living for ourselves, but for our generous God, who saved us. Therefore, it’s impossible to become a fully devoted follower of Jesus without also putting God first in our finances.
God Will Always Call Us to Generosity
When we give financially to meet another person’s needs, our generosity is being used to fulfill the first and greatest commandment, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind”.
Our Relationship With Money Will Always Impact Our Relationship With Jesus
Often, we are not experiencing the full and abundant life the Bible describes because we are not listening to Jesus and doing what He says. Jesus wants us to put our hope and our security in God, not our bank accounts.
It's Not Wrong to Have Money, But It Is Wrong to Be Greedy
When God instructs us to obey Him with our money, He is not after our begrudging submission. He is pursuing our hearts. God knows the desires of our hearts will always determine our level of joy. Our heart’s desires will highlight the important areas of our lives. Our attitude to money is a good indicator of what’s important. It’s not a sin to be rich. It’s a sin to be greedy.
Greed Will Kill the Work Jesus Wants to Do In You and Through You
Jesus warns us in Luke 12:15, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” God’s plans for us are greater than our plans for us. He knows our financial needs before we even know what we will need. God already has financial provisions in mind for you. He wants to do more in you because He wants to do more through you. God is a good and faithful Father. When we submit our finances and plans to Him, our ability to steward His resources increases. God will give us all He has in store!
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing,
and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.