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The Principle of Stewardship

Recognizing and acknowledging that we are not owners but caretakers is a
foundational principle of stewardship. Everything that has been entrusted to us will
be distributed when we die and we have been given the important responsibility of
deciding how that distribution will happen.
Christian Principles of Stewardship

The Importance of Household and Financial
Management
Psalm 24:1 declares that "The earth is the LORD's, and all its fullness." Therefore,
the responsibility of a Christian steward is the God-given privilege to manage a part
of God's property. Without this foundational perspective, life's work becomes
nothing more than a selfish pursuit.
The following are several areas that Christians can put the Christian principle of
stewardship into practice.
Work vs. Laziness
God built into man the ability and the need to work. It's the one thing a man can do
hour after hour, day after day. Work keeps a man's mind healthy. It is essential as
an exchange for one's livelihood. No man enjoys being unemployed or
unemployable, because God formed man with the natural desire to work.
God also designed man to need times of rest and refreshing, but that time should
not be an excuse for laziness. In the 6th century, sloth, or laziness, was taught as
one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Sloth was described as "the only sin characterised by
an absence or insufficiency of love, the failure to utilize one's talents and gifts, an
unwillingness to act, an unwillingness to care." Observing the poor quality of lazy
people's lives should warn the Christian steward to avoid that path.
In contrast, the Christian steward loves God, his wife and his children, and
passionately desires to provide the best possible lifestyle for his family. This love
motivates him to get up and go to work every day, a duty which he willingly
accepts.
Sowing and Reaping
For the farmer, the most important component is the seed. All the soil preparation,
fertilization, sunshine and water won't help if the seed is of poor quality. In life, if
the crop is unsatisfactory, it is essential to pay more attention to the quality and
quantity of the seed sown.
Sowing includes giving money, time, talents and resources. Giving should be done

. not an option. what's going out and where it's going! Whatever accounting method one may prefer.with cheerfulness. there is no more important contribution to be made than to God's business. and of giving and receiving. budgeting is a detailed estimate of probable income and expenses and a plan of action based on the estimate. Determining the most valuable use of time each moment of each hour of each day is recommended to achieve one's goals and be most productive. and worth pursuing. Financial debt should not become an obstacle to Christian service. and transferring funds to other categories. Faithfulness as a Christian steward is a requirement. it is important to know what's coming in. Wealth There is no sin in having money. and must not take a back seat to debt payoff plans." Prosperity is the guaranteed harvest. it helps to visually track where money is going by category. Although sometimes challenging. but those of everyone who is hasty. and it is not to be burdensome or grievous. money is necessary. God does want His people to live abundantly in every category. are vital to one's financial success and freedom. the principles of sowing and reaping. Debt Owing money is burdensome. identifying expenditures that may not be necessary. Excellence in monetary matters. The sin is in loving money more than loving God. "The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty. Seeking Godly counsel in order to continuously improve in all areas of stewardship is imperative. Organizing priorities clarifies and places what is most important ahead of what is less important. Godly counsel is available. Becoming proficient at budgeting and accounting takes time and faithfulness. but not be in bondage. Planning saves time and time is not money."(Proverbs 21:5) Budgeting and Accounting By definition. but like anything. and handling of resources should be an impressive part of a Christian's testimony. With this in mind. improvement comes with regular practice. surely to poverty. it is available to reduce and ultimately eliminate debt. The one who loves money will never be satisfied. As manager of family monetary details. but life itself. Proverbs teaches to "honor the Lord with your possessions and with the firstfruits of all your increase. Planning and Prioritizing Think on paper. It is the steward's privilege and joy to act as an agent or conduit for God's abundance to distribute according to needs as they arise. For today's churches and assemblies to thrive. and enough is never enough. but with a plan and discipline.