The Bible on the subject of Stewardship
The Scriptures give much guidance on stewardship. For example:
Why should we give?
“Your very giving proves the reality of your faith, and that means men thank God that you practice the gospel that you profess to believe in.” (2 Corinthians 9:12-13)
“And God is able to provide you every blessing in abundance so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8)
“For we brought nothing into this world and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” (1 Timothy 6:7)
How should we give?
“Every man should give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you.” (Deuteronomy 16:17)
“Each one should give, then, as he has decided, not with regret or out of a sense of duty; for God loves the one who gives gladly.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)
“Every Sunday each of you must put aside some money, in proportion to what he has earned, and save it up, so that there will be no need to collect money when I come.” (i.e. regularly, proportionately and with foresight.) (1 Corinthians 16:2)
“Give to others and God will give to you. Indeed, you will receive a full measure, a generous helping, poured into your hands – all that you can hold. The measure you use for others is the one that God will use for you.” (Luke 6:38)
“Bring the full amount of your tithes to the temple, so that there will be plenty of food there. Put me to the test and you will see that I will open the windows of heaven and pour out on you in abundance all kinds of good things ….Then the people of all nations will call you happy, because your land will be a good place to live in.” (Malachi 3:10-12)
“Honour the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” (Proverbs 3:9-10)
Why do we ask members to make a financial commitment?
Making a commitment to give regularly enables the church to establish a budget and thereafter to plan more efficiently.
More important, it helps individuals to “grow” by:
- Becoming directly and meaningfully involved in God’s work
- Making a long-term and regular commitment to God and
- Sacrificing regularly that which most often competes with God in our lives, i.e. money.
“For your heart will always be where your riches are.” (Matthew 6:21)
A pledge is not a legal document – it is merely a statement of our intention to give regularly.
What happens if, due to changed circumstances, I find that I can’t meet my pledge?
– No problem. It can be changed at any time.
Isn’t the church placing too much emphasis on money?
It is a fact of life that the church must have money to do its work and we cannot avoid dealing with the issue. People have to be employed and facilities provided. Perhaps it is us, as individuals who tend to place too much emphasis on our money, and we are thereby restrained in our relationship with God and the Church. By stepping out we might find relief and freedom.