Using God’s Gifts Wisely: Christian Stewardship
The Bible says that everything in the world belongs to God—not to us. Our bodies belong to God. Our automobiles belong to God. Our money belongs to God. In face, everything that we touch or use is God’s property, and not ours. He merely entrusts it to us for a period of time, after which it all goes back to Him, and we will be held responsible to Him for the way in which we handled it.
1. According to Psalm 24:1, to whom does the earth, along with everything and everybody in it belong?
2. According to I Corinthians 6:19-20, to whom do our bodies belong?
3. What does I Peter 4:10 tell us to do with the gifts we have received from God?
“Steward” is an old English word that means “ a person who manages someone else’s property.” All human beings are really stewards, whether they know it or not. Why? Because everything is God’s property, and He has given us the responsibility of managing our bodies and minds, our time and energy, our money and material resources, in ways that fulfill His purpose. The word of that responsibility is “stewardship.”
4. In Luke 6:38, what does Jesus say will happen if we give?
5. According to Leviticus 27:30, what portion of the produce of the land belongs exclusively to God? What percentage is that?
When you are managing another person’s property, you are obligated to follow the rules that the owner has made. In the Bible we find the rules that God has given us for using His property. Some of the most important are:
A: We should keep our bodies and minds healthy and free from evil.
B: We should use time wisely, with a proper balance of worship, prayer, study, work and rest. We should not waste time by laziness and foolishness.
C: We should treat God’s world with respect, and not destroy, damage, or pollute His creation, or use the things in it for selfish or evil purposes.
D: We should make sure that the opportunities, resources, and products of the world and human labor, are fairly distributed, and that the inequalities which do exist are not the result of oppression and injustice.
E: We should give a least a tithe (ten percent) of your time, talent and income to the special work of God in worship, teaching, witness and evangelism.
6. According to II Corinthians 9:8, if we give generously to do God’s work and help other, what will He do for us?
7. What does “steward” mean?
8. How would you answer a person who said, “God has no right to tell me what to do with my body or my time or my money?”
9. How do we know that giving ten percent (or more) of our income to Christ’s work won’t cause us to end up in poverty or bankruptcy?