Stewardship is a subject that needs to be constantly highlighted in our home, creating a culture of good administration and generosity. All things belong to the Lord, and we are his stewards. That is why he who is faithful about the little will be placed over the much.
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This post follows the series The 10 Commandments of the Family in which we draw your attention to the values that must be present in your home to successfully achieve the great mission that the Lord has entrusted to you. We come to the eighth principle which is “You shall not steal”. And the way we explore this topic is by going to the heart of the matter, which is stewardship.
You shall not steal.Exodus 20:15
Stewardship and Trust
The Lord always provides more than we need and before we need it. He is always faithful and knows our needs even before we know them. But our hearts are struggling to trust Him and need to learn this attitude of faith.
I remember when my father told me that there are people who hold so much in their hands that it leaks between their fingers. That is how some live, adding, accumulating and desiring more and more. Others are so liberal that they easily waste what it took them so much effort to achieve. But there is a better way of life than these.
When I started working, one of my first purchases was a camera that I really wanted. A few weeks later I went to the beach with Rapha and we sat on the sand by the sea to chat with our backpack beside us. Suddenly a stronger wave came to us and wet the backpack with the camera inside. She never worked again.
This was the first time that I woke up to the need to learn how to be a good steward of what the Lord has entrusted to me. And 2 concepts summarize well how to practice good stewardship with generosity.
Why should a fool have money in his hand to buy wisdom when he has no sense?Proverbs 17:16
Don’t Buy Now To Pay Later
Robert Morris says that buying now to pay later is stealing from your future. This happens every time a person uses their credit card to purchase because they currently have no money. It is the same as borrowing money. Don’t steal from your future!
See that stealing doesn’t just mean taking possession of something that belongs to someone else. It also applies to take something of the future before the appropriate time.
As we manage what God has entrusted to us in the present with care and generosity, there will be no need to anticipate spending or dishonest earnings. Do not take what belongs to your future.
I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.Jesus, Luke 19:26
Believe You Will Have Today What Is Good For Tomorrow
Mike Massa teaches that our daily bread in the Lord’s Prayer means receiving today what is good for tomorrow. That is why Jesus guides us to ask for today our daily bread, or the bread of tomorrow. This is the exact opposite of spending before paying later.
It is like a strategic plan in which you prepare to receive today what you will need tomorrow. We often receive resources that we don’t currently need. But the opportunity will come. And if you learn to save what you don’t need today for tomorrow, you’ll always have more than enough. This is true prosperity.
And that is the Lord’s plan for your family. Trust in the Lord and you will still have today what is good for your tomorrow.
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”Hebrews 13:5
Not stealing means more than not taking what belongs to others. It also includes not taking resources from your future to use in the present. And as you understand that all things belong to the Lord and you are a steward, you begin to be faithful about the little and the Lord will place you over the much.
Prayer: God, thank you so much for your faithful love and more than enough provision for my life. Even if I don’t have all my desires satisfied, I recognize that the Lord always provides more than I need and before I need it. So I ask you to help me to be a good steward of what You entrust to me for your glory, in the name of Jesus. Amen.
What is the Holy Spirit saying to you?
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