Materialism and financial stewardship

We need to learn how to handle our materialism and financial stewardship. You see as US Citizens, we believe that we are to strive for the bigger and better. We want the bigger car, the bigger home, the better job, etc. However, as Citizens of Heaven, this is not what God wants us to strive for.

God wants us to have a relationship with Him.

“He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” – John 1:10-13

He wants us to remember that He owns everything. He wants us know that we don’t own anything.

The earth is the Lord’s and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it.” – Psalm 24:1

“I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens, for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.  I know every bird in the mountains, and the insects in the fields are mine. If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it.” – Psalm 50:9-12

He wants us to know that we belong to Him because He made us.

“Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” – Genesis 2:7

If we remember these three principals, we can start being good and faithful stewards. The material items that we have all belong to God. We are to give back to Him through tithes, but also we are to be generous to those who have less than we do.

The internet is full of videos showing examples of people doing experiments where one person pretends to be needing food or money and asking those who appear to be able to provide him, let’s call him “Bob”, with the needed item. However, the majority of this people refuse or pretend not to hear.

Yet when another person gives something to a homeless individual, let’s call him “Dan” and then Bob comes up to Dan and expresses his hunger or need, Dan offers to share what he has received with Bob.

The person with the least shared. However, the person with the most did not. Which one of these persons is a faithful steward? Which one are you?

 But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” – Luke 12:48


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