Fruits of the Spirit – Faithfulness
Oswald Chambers said, “With Christ, it is not how much we give, but what we do not give that is the real test.”
Are you holding on to something that God has asked you to let go of?
The world says success means more money, more fame or more power. But in God’s Kingdom, success is found in faithfulness. Our joy is made complete when we focus on being faithful stewards, not on titles, status, income, houses or cars.
We must honor the priorities of our Provider. He wants stewards to use the money he’s entrusted to us to advance his kingdom. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. (1 Corinthians 4:2)
Stewards manage what’s in their care – as Solomon advised, “Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds, for riches do not last forever… (Proverbs 27:23-24a)
We have a few years on earth to demonstrate responsibility with what God has given us.
Stewards are to work hard, give generously, provide for their families, and humbly obey the Lord. When the unexpected happens, we can look to the Lord knowing He is in control and this is in His hands.
To start down the path of good stewardship, set up a budget. Goals can be reached when you define the target and exercise daily self discipline. Stick to it, even through hard times. Remember that “suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope which does not put us to shame because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 5: 3-5)
The ultimate goal with managing money is to strive to hear, “Well Done, good and faithful servant!”
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