15. Giving Is the Gateway to Stewardship

In Your Bible Read This Out Loud: Hebrews 10:38

Memorise This Verse: Hebrews 11:6 ‘Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him’

Afterwards Talk About This: Is giving the most important aspect of being a good steward of God’s money?

Something To Do Before Next Time:  Look up all the scriptures in the New Testament on faith

Written Diploma Work: Write one side on the importance of faith in our relationship with God

Meditate Word By Word On This Verse:  Romans 14:23

In the previous section we concluded by listing some of the areas that stewardship covers as regarding our finances – top of the list was the area of giving and this section will expand the idea that giving is a major area of being a steward of God’s money.

The area of giving our money would seem to require more faith than anything else we do with our money, and if we can be a good steward of giving our money then we will be able to be a good steward of the other things that God could call us to do with our money.

Consequently, there is a need to establish what the bible says we must do to link up faith with our finances, and in particular the area of stewarding our giving.

In Habakkuk 2:4, the bibles declares that the just shall live by faith a scripture that is later quoted in no less than 3 places in the New Testament (Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11 & Hebrews 10:37-38) consequently any scripture which is mentioned 3 times in the bible musty be very significant.

Since we are to live our lives by faith we must therefore handle our finances by faith as well in fact Romans 14:23 says that not living and relating to God by faith is sin.

Moreover Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it is impossible to please God – again, we can say that unless we handle our finances by faith it will be impossible to please God in the area of our finances.

So what does the bible say is the way that we should live by faith in regard to our finances? according to Hebrews 11:6 we must handle them in the belief that God exists and is a rewarder of those who seek to live for him.

In light of this scripture, the biblical way to live by faith in the area of finances is to give a portion of your money into the extending of the Kingdom of God, in the belief that God will send his various blessings into your life and reward you back.

The world will tell you to keep all your money and spend it on yourself, the bible says to invest a portion of your income in the Kingdom of God in the faith and belief that you will be more blessed than if you didn’t.

This ties in with Hebrews 11:6 in that you give in the knowledge that God exist and the money you give isn’t going to be wasted and that God will reward you for it by blessing you back as you have given to him.

As can be seen below, the list of scriptures is very long indeed and a central illustration is that of sowing and reaping a farmer will give seed into the ground in the knowledge that it will bear fruit and along with the fruit many more seeds such that he will he more seed to plant the next time round.

Just as God has set natural laws into the Universe such as gravity and crops and the changing of seasons, he has also set unseen spiritual laws in place such that whoever will co-operate with these laws will be blessed by them.

In the area of finances, your income represents seed and the work of the Kingdom of God represents the soil Jesus invites us to sow our seed into the soil by giving into the work of his Kingdom. Moreover just as farmer sows his seed instead of eating it because it will be better for him in the long run, the bible declares that we will be better off in the long term if we don’t spend all our money on ourselves but instead sow part of it into the work of God.

The scriptures below all speak of this law that governs our lives and is the way that God has ordained that we live by faith in respect to our finances. Perhaps you are just discovery this secret for the first time or are struggling with the thought of giving away some of your money why not memorise these scriptures and let the Lord gently speak to you through them.

Genesis 8:22 ‘As long as the earth endures, seed-time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease’

Proverbs 11:24 ‘One man gives freely, yet gains even more another withholds unduly but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed’

Matthew 6:3 ‘But when you give to the needy, do not let your right hand know what your left hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret will reward you’

Galatians 6:7 ‘Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows’

2 Corinthians 9:6 ‘Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously’

A House of Prayer for the Poorer Nations

Pray for Brunei

328,080 people, 64% Muslim

Islam is threatening to eradicate all other faiths.

Many un-reached people groups.

This study contains the personal beliefs and practices of of the author who recommends them to the reader. The author takes no credit for their success where applied and likewise takes no responsibility for any failure or disappointment.

The House of Prayer for the Poorer Nations at the end of each section is based on Operation World 21st Century Edition © Patrick Johnstone, Jason Mandryk. Published by Paternoster. All scriptures are NIV © Hodder & Stoughton.

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