TOPIC: Biblical Principles Of Stewardship II
TEXT: Jas 4:13-16; 2Tim 2:15; Ps 1:1-3; 119:1
MEMORY VERSE: Pro 16:3
The stewardship of your time is not to be focused on fulfilling your self-centred desires but instead must acknowledge and demonstrate God’s sovereignty in your life (Pro 16:9; Mt 6:25-33; Jas 4:13-16), include study (2Tim 2:15), memorization (Ps 119:11), and meditation on God’s Word (Ps 119:97); and give ample opportunity for you to examine yourself in a biblical manner on a continual basis.
1. Your stewardship of material goods indicates your level of spiritual maturity (Lk 16:10-13; 1Tim 6:6-10).
2. Be content with what you have. If God gives you abundant riches or meagre poverty, pleasant circumstances or suffering, you are to trust Him regardless of the situation; since He is continuing to work in your life (Ecc 7:14; Rom 8:28-29; 1 Tim 6:6-8; Phil 4:11-13).
3. Giving is not a matter of how much you give; it is a matter of what you have after you give (Mk 12:41-44; 2Cor 8:1-4; Acts 20:35).
4. Using material goods to provide for others is one way to show a thankful response for God’s love to you in Christ Jesus (Mt 25:34-36; Rom 12:20-21; Jas 1:27).
5. Your primary motive in giving is to demonstrate your love and commitment to the Lord (Col 3:17; 1Chro 29:14; 2Cor 9:7).