This is the most important concept in Biblical financial management. In Psalm 50:10,11 ( for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine.) God tells us that he owns it all. He also owns the hills, mountains, and fields. God has chosen us as managers (stewards) of his possessions. We are called to be good stewards of our time, talent, and treasures. I have chosen to focus on treasures over the other two, but time and talent are equally important.The key here is that we don’t own anything, we are chosen as managers. From Jesus’ parables we gain an understanding that God tests us with our possessions. We are not only asked to be managers, but asked to be good managers. Our goal should be to someday hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” Another key here is that as managers we don’t manage money our way, because it’s not ours. We manage money God’s way, because it’s his. Fortunately for us God has given us an instruction manual, the Bible. There are over 800 scriptures on money and possessions and Jesus taught more about money than heaven, hell, or love.
Money is a window to our priorities in life. Look at your checkbook register or credit card statement and you can see where your priorities are. God has promised that if we are faithful in the little things that he will trust us with more. (Matthew 25:21) One of the ways we can easily follow God’s lead is to give. Throughout the Bible God has asked for a tithe. This stands for a tenth. In the Old Testament this was a tenth of your increase. The New Testament is less specific in our giving, but I believe that God calls us to be givers and that a tenth is the minimum standard we should shoot for.
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