Everything we have is God’s. Our talents, skills, money, business, material possessions, our time and everything in our care come from God. We are His stewards entrusted with all of these. As Christians, we have a responsibility to be good overseers of whatever is in our hands. Pondering on this truth, Christians must develop the right mindset towards business finances and earthly possessions.
If you stop and think about it, if all your business investment actually belongs to God, then you must spend each penny according to how He intends it. Stop worrying that you’ll run out if you give to those in need and stop holding on to it thinking you’ve worked hard to earn it. For as long as you utilize your finances according to God’s will then leave it to Him to replenish your finances, provide for your needs, and bless your business with success.
There are several passages in the Bible that instructs Christians about stewardship.
For instance, the Bible teaches us to honor Him with our wealth and to give to those who are in need. These principles should serve as a guide in managing God’s resources.
Below are other verses in the Bible that speak about stewardship.
Be trustworthy (Luke 19:12-27, NIV)
“The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’”
“‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’”
“The second came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned five more.’”
“His master answered, ‘You take charge of five cities.’”
While this passage may have other Biblical interpretations it has also been used as a good example of stewardship. Know that the money you have today has been entrusted to you by God, so if you’ve decided to make a business investment then you need to make sure that you handle your finances well and don’t end up broke.
Carry out your business with all hard work and honesty as if working for God and He will reward you. Then, offer the fruits of your labor to Him.
Serve others with your gifts (1 Peter 4:10, NIV)
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
Again, don’t keep the talent, skills, money, and gifts God gave you to yourself. All these are meant to be used to serve others and to bless the people around you. For what good is the money God entrusted you with, if you will not use it according to how the Giver intends.
Even your business is not meant to just earn profit and make you rich, but to glorify God and serve others with every success it reaps.
Be Honest in stewardship (Luke 16:11 NIV)
“So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?”
Now that you are fully aware that everything you have is God’s and you are His steward, then you must handle and manage your earthly wealth with all honesty and trustworthiness. Realize that every time you engage in dishonest business dealings or cheat other people, you are mishandling God’s money.
Offer your life to Christ
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.”—Missionary Jim Elliott
Famous missionary Jim Elliot captured stewardship perfectly in this quote. No one can keep his life forever because our lives are borrowed from Christ. Therefore, as Christians we need to live every minute of it for Jesus and store up treasures that no one can take away from us.
If you think about it, why should you hold on to your life and earthly possessions when you are bound to lose them all at some point? Hold on to things that have eternal value—your relationship with Jesus and your service to others.
Trust God completely
“The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.”—George Mueller
A good steward trusts God completely. There is no room for doubt and anxiety if you are to honor God with your money, talent, time, ministry, family, and entire life. You’re role is to trust and obey. Remind yourself that every time you worry you are losing faith and allowing disbelief to take over.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”—Winston Churchill
Someone once said that the happiest people on earth are those who give freely. Earning millions, driving a fancy car, even living in a mansion will never assure you of happiness. But helping others and being a blessing to those in need will always give you a sense of joy and satisfaction. Pursue happiness by giving generously to others.