By: Barry G. Allen
Week 5- My Testimony (continued)
In her book, Dare to Be Stewards, Norma W. Gaskill defined stewardship as “the call to be faithful in handling whatever we are given by God.” How fortunate I was to have parents who taught me at an early age about being faithful as one of God’s stewards. In this lesson listen to what the wisdom writer of Proverbs has to say about the giving aspect of stewardship. It’s made a difference in my life, and I trust it will in your life as well.
What does the Bible say about money and possessions? (continued)
Biblical truth #8: Demonstrate your dependence upon and dedication to God through your giving. In Proverbs 3:6, Solomon wisely teaches us to “Honor the Lord with your substance, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” Biblical scholars tell us the root meaning of the word “honor” is “heavy,” or “to weigh.” It suggests God is to have great significance, or literally, to weigh heavily in our lives. We are to demonstrate that significance by how we give. The word “substance” is an all-inclusive term. It includes our bank accounts, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, life insurance, retirement assets, real estate, etc. Most Christians have never considered tithing our of their “substance.”
Biblical truth #9: Resolve to use a generous portion of the possessions God has entrusted to you to help those less fortunate. Proverbs 14:31: “He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.” Also, Proverbs 19:17: “He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done.”
Prayer focus: Seek the will of God in how you can use the assets He has entrusted to you to honor him and to help those less fortunate than you.
Next week: My Testimony (continued)