June 3, 2019

The Ministry of Money: Stewardship

“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.” Luke 16:10 


Sixteen of Jesus’ parables deal with how to handle or view money. As a matter of fact, Jesus talked more about money than about Heaven and Hell combined. Throughout Scripture, the Lord addresses both our use of money and our attitude towards wealth. Everything God gives a believer is for His purpose, and our material resources are no exception. The big idea about the ministry of money is in the word “stewardship.”


A steward is entrusted to manage the assets of someone else. Well, God owns everything and nothing in the Bible suggests He’s surrendered that ownership in any way. Psalm 50:10–12 tells us, “For every beast of the forest is Mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird of the mountains, and everything that moves in the field is Mine…for the world is Mine, and all it contains.” And Haggai 2:8 says, “The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine,’ declares the Lord of hosts.” 


Some might say, “I’ve earned what I have.” God’s response to that claim is in Deuteronomy 8:18, ““But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth…” or 1 Samuel 2:7, “The Lord makes poor and rich; He brings low, He also exalts.” In reality, there is no such thing as a self-made person. 


The main attribute of good stewards is faithfulness, regardless of the amount entrusted to them. That’s why Jesus says in Luke 16:10, “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much.” Faithful stewards seek to know and understand what’s in the owner’s best interest. They use the resources entrusted to them in ways that benefit the owner.


That doesn’t mean the steward doesn’t benefit as well. On the contrary, faithful stewardship proves we’re trustworthy, which can increase both our responsibilities and our resources. Stewardship also applies to managing our time, abilities, and opportunities – which certainly have an impact on the use of our finances.


What is God’s purpose for all He’s entrusting you with? Are you using those resources for what He wants or to get more of what you want? The ministry of money is concerned, first and foremost, with the Lord’s desires because we know He is generous and kind. Remember, faithful stewardship isn’t based on the amount of money you have but on how you use the resources God has provided.