Is God the provider of your personal income and is he calling you to be a good steward of that income?
I want to be a good steward and have come to realize that doesn’t just mean investing wisely or being a spendthrift. Being a good steward means I don’t own my income but am only the caretaker of it. So if I’m the caretaker of my income (God’s money) my priority should be to make support for God’s work in the world my number one priority.
When I see my bank balance dropping I’ve got to realize that God’s spending comes first. I must have faith that even if that bank balance hits zero I’m obligated to continue being a good steward and trust that God will guide and provide.
Do I have the faith necessary to be a good steward? Yesterday I needed confirmation about a particular gift that I felt reluctant to send for fear I wouldn’t have enough to cover my own expenses. I prayed for the Lord to confirm the gift and this morning at church I read this prayer in my church bulletin: Lord God, help us not to hoard our wealth and possessions, but gladly serve you, our only Master, by giving of ourselves and what we have. Amen. Yikes!
Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. Luke 16: 10
And he looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and he saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So he said, “truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.” Luke 21: 1-2
Love and blessings,
photo: (grandson: Curren Cruz Ellison, 3 months old)