Every Christian is a Manager

If I Gave You My Wallet

If I gave you my wallet for a week, what does that make you?

  • Not rich, that’s for sure!
  • Not a thief, because I gave it to you voluntarily.
  • Not an owner, because it’s still my wallet.

If I did this, it makes you a steward. What is that?

A steward is a person who manages the property or financial affairs of another person, for the other person. So if I entrusted my wallet to you for a week, you would protect the wallet and spend any money from it according to my wishes. But…

  • If you choose to make purchases that I don’t intend, then you are committing a crime.
  • And if you don’t make the purchases I intend, then you are failing your obligation.

Don’t worry though. I won’t be giving you my wallet any time soon.

The Way Things Really Are

Yet, you have a far more important responsibility. God has given you some of His resources to manage. You might ask, “What resources? Where are they?” And the answer to that is ‘everything’ – everything that belongs to you.

The fact is, everything that you possess doesn’t actually belong to you. You don’t own anything. Everything you ‘own’ belongs to God. That’s why the Bible calls you a steward or a manager. Consider these statements from the New Testament:

  • Moreover it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful (1 Cor. 4:2).
  • And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own (Luke 16:12)?

So here is the question: how well are you managing God’s resources? Are you faithful? Do you follow biblical principles in a conscientious, prayerful way?

  • Do you give back to God a portion of what He provides, through tithes and offerings (Prov. 3:9, 1 Cor. 16:2)?
  • Do you recognize His ownership of everything you have (Psa. 24:1)?
  • Do you provide for your needs and the needs of those in your care (1 Tim. 5:8)?
  • Do you set aside appropriate savings for legitimate future goals (Prov. 21:20)?
  • Do you seek God’s wisdom for purchases and financial ventures (Jam. 4:13-15)?
  • Do you take care of your material possessions, such as: your house, land, vehicle, animals and clothing (Gen. 1:26-28)?
  • Do you assist people who have a legitimate need (Prov. 19:17)?
  • Do you spend frivolously and impulsively (Prov. 21:20)?

Will you consider these questions and related Bible principles? Everything that you own belongs to God, which makes you a manager who is accountable to Him. You must be sure to manage your possessions the way He desires!

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