How to be a Good Steward of the Natural Resources God has Given You

Mar 06, 2010
How to be a Good Steward of the Natural Resources God has Given You

1 Corinthians 4:1-2 says that in order to be a Steward you must be faithful. It states, “Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful." Well what does that mean? A steward is someone who has been given the responsibility to oversee another’s possessions or affairs. Many Christians know the parable Jesus spoke of the 10 talents (See Matthew 25:14-30 for the entire story). Each servant was asked to be a steward over the talents the Master had entrusted them with. The two servants that were FAITHFUL, took those talents and invested them wisely. Do you think that was hard to do? Absolutely! Was there risk that those investments could go sour? Yes! Sometimes it is hard to step out in faith and believe for the Lord’s blessing. But how can we expect the Lord to bless us in the big things when we are not faithful in the small things? Here are some practical ways to be good stewards over the “small things." These are principles I have practiced with my family and the Lord has truly blessed us! I pray you find these strategies just as rewarding. Keep short accounts with the Lord. If you mess up along the way, talk to Him! He will provide a strategy to get back on course.

  1. Tithe 100% of the time. All we have is the Lord’s. We need to show we are faithful to give our first fruits. 10% every time, all the time.
  2. Not saving? Start saving $10-$20/wk in a separate bank account, one you do not have a debit card for! If it is not convenient to get to, you will be less likely to dip into it.
  3. When the Lord blesses you with extra, don’t spend it! Put it towards your savings unless the Lord specifically directs you in where to spend it.
  4. Make coffee at home. Invest in a “To-Go” cup!
  5. Work outside the home? Pack a bagged lunch.
  6. Deep in debt? Paying high interest on credit cards? Speak with a non-profit credit counseling service. Get those high interest debts consolidated.
  7. Can’t be trusted with a credit card? Cut it up!
  8. You CAN be trusted with a credit card? Look for cards with good rewards, such a 5% cash back, points, etc. Discover card offers 5% cash back on different items each quarter (i.e. groceries, gas, home improvement stores, restaurants, etc.) If you are diligent to pay off your card IN FULL, EVERY MONTH, these day to day purchases can really add up some great cash back rewards. 
  9. Examine your expenses. Do you have some “low-hanging fruit”? In John 15:1-3, Jesus explains the importance of “pruning”. Do you pay for some extras each month that are really unnecessary? 250+ cable channels? Unlimited minutes and texting on your cell phone? New clothes and shoes every month? Remember that all we have is the Lord’s! We should diligently seek His guidance on how we spend His money.
  10. Sell and Sow! Get rid of things you don’t need or use. If you haven’t purged your closet in over a year, you are overdue! When you bless others in the body of Christ, you will be amazed at how the Lord takes care of you! Luke 12:13-21.

Disclaimer: Each person must follow in their own heart what the Lord is directing them to do with their finances.
 

 

 

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