God places in our trust resources that are first and foremost to be used to further His Kingdom in addition to provide for the well being of our families and ourselves. All other expenditures are peripheral in nature. In that regard there are some basic principles that we need to keep in mind.
First we need to know that one day all our actions will be held accountable by God and as we read in Romans 14:12-13 nothing, including the way money is used, should be a stumbling block to our Christian journey. How we manage our business and handle financial resources can be for either good or bad.
In several places throughout Scripture we read that finances and spirituality are inseparable. How we manage what God has given us shows the condition of our relationship to our Lord and Savior. When we place all our trust in God we can be assured God will take care of us. Christ assured us of this in His own words in Matthew 6:25-34.
What we need to understand is that we are to avoid debt (Romans 13:8) and that requires that we put everything in proper priority always putting God’s Kingdom first (Matthew 6:33). Doing so and setting some aside for emergency or future need will, I believe, have God say about His placing resources in our trust WELL DONE GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Steadfast in our stewardship will strengthen us in our spiritual journey.
DEVOTIONAL VERSE FOR TODAY: Matthew 6:33 “Proper priority is putting God’s Kingdom first”.
PRAYER FOR TODAY: Lord may I always manage properly what You have placed in my trust.
QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT:
- In what ways can money be a stumbling block?
- Are you managing your resources for God?
- Are there times when Scripture supports the concept of debt?
- What does Scripture tell us about ‘rainy day’ funds?