An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Honor of Stewards

(Pro 3:9 KJV)  Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

Perhaps this is a good place to bring up the idea of stewardship.  One of the hidden truths of Christianity is that people who are faithful to God’s way of doing things tend to become more prosperous.  The theological background is that God promises to bless those who are faithful.  The dynamic that should be obvious to anyone with open eyes is that Biblical principles work.  Avoiding excess in food and drink not only saves money but keeps the mind clear so we make fewer stupid decisions.  Honesty develops trust.  Fidelity builds healthy families. 

Stewardship often gets bad press because people make it synonymous with tithing.  In my opinion, tithing is part of stewardship but not the whole story.  We are to be stewards, or managers, for the assets and blessing that God gives us.  We are to “honor” (3513) Him in that way.

So?  The trilogy of time, talent and treasure are still key.  God has loaned them to you.  Are you using them His way or yours? 


Gorges Smythe said...

I used to tithe, until I realized that every church going seems to squander their money. For a long time, I found other ways to tithe, but at the moment, I have no income to speak of, anyway. Still, I believe in it and will practice it again soon, I hope.

Pumice said...

It is hard to tithe on a lack of increase.

What is interesting to me is the often quoted verse about tithing in Malachi is set in the context of a corrupt temple and hypocritical worship. In that context God says to bring it into the storehouse.

Go figure.

Grace and peace