It Is Good To Be A Steward
7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:7-8 NKJV
Many of us struggle with finances throughout our lives. Often part of the problem is perspective. If we see our money as “ours” and not His, then we fail to see ourselves for what we truly are, stewards. My wife and I realize we are only stewards over the things we have. We know that it is His and not ours and we are stewards over what He has given us and He expects us to use it as He instructs. For example we know that the house we have is His and we are the stewards of it. So when we leave for trips we can thank Him for taking care of what is His while we are away. As a result twice while we were away, there were attempted break-ins to our home, and twice the efforts were thwarted.
We don’t have a watch dog. We know that Jesus will take care of what is His because we have not taken it as our own.
The same thing is true regarding money. We need to see ourselves as merely stewards of the money we have, whether that be a little or a lot. If I know the money I have is not mine but His, then when He says to give, it is easy to release the money and to give where He instructed because it is His decision and not mine. If I live with this understanding then all my needs (financial and other needs) are not my problem but His and He will take care of meeting all those needs with abundance. He will take care of all things even the things I could not have. For example, if a need arises that I did not foresee, I need not worry because it is His problem and not mine and He will always provide.
If in my history I never seem to have enough, then it is likely evidence that I am relying on myself and not on Him. I have failed to understand my role as a steward and His role as the head and provider. Look at verse 8! If I am a steward, Jesus will provide every favor and earthly blessing. I want that for my life! I choose that! And to make that choice I have to see finances through the perspective of a steward of the things that belong to Jesus. Live with this understanding and you will find that you have sufficiency for all things. You are self-sufficient and not requiring loans, Government aid, or family support because He is your source. Impossible you say? No, it is not impossible and in fact it is what Jesus intends for each of us. He provides in abundance for each of us who will act in our role as stewards over what He has entrusted to us. If you think it is impossible, then is only because you haven’t tried this yet.
J Todd Hostetler