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The Heart of a Steward

Do you have the heart of a steward?

In Psalm 62:10, David said, “If riches increase, set not your heart on them.”  He was warning us of the risk that increased wealth brings to our relationship with the Lord.  As a friend of mine says, “Don’t fall in love with the dough but keep your heart fixed on the Baker who provided the dough.” The heart of a steward is to love God and God only. We can’t serve God and money. We’ll love one and hate the other. To guard our hearts and remain faithful stewards, we need to acknowledge several truths. First, we’re not the owners of riches – we’re temporary caretakers of them. Secondly, riches are a blessing and a responsibility. Our prayers should be a continual acknowledgment and thankfulness for what God provides and a continual seeking of how to manage what He entrusts to us.

A real test of our heart is whether we’re willing to give generously. This helps us avoid the temptation to believe that riches belong to us. None of them do – not the 10% we might give or the 90% we keep. That’s why some believers start with a tithe and increase the percentage they give every year. It reminds them that God’s the Owner of everything, not just 10%. When our hearts are prepared to manage riches, they don’t increase our sense of security or pride or even fear of loss. Riches are just a tool to be managed like any other tool God gives us. He is our Master and money should be submitted to His total control.

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