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Biblical References for Stewardship

(References taken from the New American Bible Revised Edition)

Genesis 12:1-3

Abram’s Call and Migration. 1 The LORD said to Abram: Go forth from your land, your relatives, and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you. 2 I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.  3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. All the families of the earth will find blessing in you.

God’s call and adoption are a blessing to Abram.  This foundational blessing is made known and expressed through material blessings given to the renamed Abraham and Sarah.  All blessings are to given by God to be shared with others, that all might know the foundational blessing of God’s call and adoption.

Deuteronomy 6:4-25

The Great Commandment. 4 Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone! 5 Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God, with your whole heart, and with your whole being, and with your whole strength.  6 Take to heart these words which I command you today.  7 Keep repeating them to your children. Recite them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up.  8 Bind them on your arm as a sign and let them be as a pendant on your forehead.  9 Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates.

Fidelity in Prosperity. 10 When the LORD, your God, brings you into the land which he swore to your ancestors, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, that he would give you, a land with fine, large cities that you did not build, 11 with houses full of goods of all sorts that you did not garner, with cisterns that you did not dig, with vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant; and when, therefore, you eat and are satisfied, 12 be careful not to forget the LORD, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that house of slavery. 13 The LORD, your God, shall you fear; him shall you serve, and by his name shall you swear. 14 You shall not go after other gods, any of the gods of the surrounding peoples— 15 for the LORD, your God who is in your midst, is a passionate God—lest the anger of the LORD, your God, flare up against you and he destroy you from upon the land.

16 You shall not put the LORD, your God, to the test, as you did at Massah. 17 But keep the commandments of the LORD, your God, and the decrees and the statutes he has commanded you. 18 Do what is right and good in the sight of the LORD, that it may go well with you, and you may enter in and possess the good land which the LORD promised on oath to your ancestors, 19 driving all your enemies out of your way, as the LORD has promised.

Instruction to Children. 20 Later on, when your son asks you, “What do these decrees and statutes and ordinances mean?” which the LORD, our God, has enjoined on you, 21 you shall say to your son, “We were once slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand 22 and wrought before our eyes signs and wonders, great and dire, against Egypt and against Pharaoh and his whole house. 23 He brought us from there to bring us in and give us the land he had promised on oath to our ancestors.  24 The LORD commanded us to observe all these statutes in fear of the LORD, our God, that we may always have as good a life as we have today. 25 This is our justice before the LORD, our God: to observe carefully this whole commandment he has enjoined on us.”

The first part of this passage begins the shema, the fundamental confession of faith even today for all Jews and for all Christians.  This prayer confesses that the ultimate goal of every disciple is to love and serve God.  Jesus Christ makes it clear that this can only be done by serving others, by offering the blessing of God’s closeness to us by offering that blessing to others.

Deuteronomy 8:17-18

Cautions About Prosperity. 7 For the LORD, your God, is bringing you into a good country, a land with streams of water, with springs and fountains welling up in the hills and valleys, 8 a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, of olive trees and of honey, 9 a land where you will always have bread and where you will lack nothing, a land whose stones contain iron and in whose hills you can mine copper. 10 But when you have eaten and are satisfied, you must bless the LORD, your God, for the good land he has given you. 11 Be careful not to forget the LORD, your God, by failing to keep his commandments and ordinances and statutes which I enjoin on you today: 12 lest, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built fine houses and lived in them, 13 and your herds and flocks have increased, your silver and gold has increased, and all your property has increased, 14 you then become haughty of heart and forget the LORD, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that house of slavery; 15 he guided you through the vast and terrible wilderness with its saraph serpents and scorpions, its parched and waterless ground; he brought forth water for you from the flinty rock 16 and fed you in the wilderness with manna, a food unknown to your ancestors, that he might afflict you and test you, but also make you prosperous in the end. 17 Otherwise, you might say in your heart, “It is my own power and the strength of my own hand that has got me this wealth.” 18 Remember then the LORD, your God, for he is the one who gives you the power to get wealth, by fulfilling, as he has now done, the covenant he swore to your ancestors. 19 But if you do forget the LORD, your God, and go after other gods, serving and bowing down to them, I bear witness to you this day that you will perish utterly. 20 Like the nations which the LORD destroys before you, so shall you too perish for not listening to the voice of the LORD, your God.

God’s material blessings to us, a sign of the greater blessing of His love for us, are given by God to be shared with others.  To recognize that nothing is truly mine but that all comes from God is the mark of a true disciple.

2 Samuel 24:18–25

David Offers Sacrifices. 18 On the same day Gad went to David and said to him, “Go and set up an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.” 19 According to Gad’s word, David went up as the LORD had commanded. 20 Now Araunah looked down and saw the king and his servants coming toward him while he was threshing wheat. So he went out and bowed down before the king, his face to the ground. 21 Then Araunah asked, “Why does my lord the king come to his servant?” David replied, “To buy the threshing floor from you, to build an altar to the LORD, that the plague may be withdrawn from the people.” 22 But Araunah said to David: “Let my lord the king take it and offer up what is good in his sight. See, here are the oxen for burnt offerings, and the threshing sledges and the yokes of oxen for wood. 23 All this does Araunah give to the king.” Araunah then said to the king, “May the LORD your God accept your offering.” 24 The king, however, replied to Araunah, “No, I will buy it from you at the proper price, for I cannot sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty silver shekels. 25 Then David built an altar to the LORD there, and sacrificed burnt offerings and communion offerings. The LORD granted relief to the land, and the plague was withdrawn from Israel.

David knows that it is God who granted him life and has given him all things besides.  He will offer nothing less than his best to God.  This is the very heart of stewardship: How do I repay the Lord for all that He has given me?  David reminds us that God deserves nothing less than our best.

I Chronicles 29:1-19

Offerings for the Temple. 1 King David then said to the whole assembly: “My son Solomon, whom alone God has chosen, is still young and inexperienced; the work, however, is great, for this palace is not meant for human beings, but for the LORD God. 2 For this reason I have stored up for the house of my God, as far as I was able, gold for what will be made of gold, silver for what will be made of silver, bronze for what will be made of bronze, iron for what will be made of iron, wood for what will be made of wood, onyx stones and settings for them, carnelian and mosaic stones, every other kind of precious stone, and great quantities of marble. 3 But now, because of the delight I take in the house of my God, in addition to all that I stored up for the holy house, I give to the house of my God my personal fortune in gold and silver: 4 three thousand talents of Ophir gold, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, for overlaying the walls of the rooms, 5 for the various utensils to be made of gold and silver, and for every work that is to be done by artisans. Now, who else will contribute generously and consecrate themselves this day to the LORD?”

6 Then the heads of the families, the tribal commanders of Israel, the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, and those who had command of the king’s affairs came forward willingly 7 and contributed for the service of the house of God five thousand talents and ten thousand darics of gold, ten thousand talents of silver, eighteen thousand talents of bronze, and one hundred thousand talents of iron. 8 Those who had precious stones gave them into the keeping of Jehiel the Gershonite for the treasury of the house of the LORD. 9 The people rejoiced over these free-will offerings, for they had been contributed to the LORD wholeheartedly. King David also rejoiced greatly.

David’s Prayer. 10 Then David blessed the LORD in the sight of the whole assembly. David said:

            “Blessed are you, LORD,

                        God of Israel our father,

                        from eternity to eternity.

            11 Yours, LORD, are greatness and might,

                        majesty, victory, and splendor.

            For all in heaven and on earth is yours;

                        yours, LORD, is kingship;

                        you are exalted as head over all.

            12 Riches and glory are from you,

                        and you have dominion over all.

            In your hand are power and might;

                        it is yours to give greatness and strength to all.

            13 Therefore, our God, we give you thanks

                        and we praise the majesty of your name.

14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should have the means to contribute so freely? For everything is from you, and what we give is what we have from you. 15 For before you we are strangers and travelers, like all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without a future. 16 LORD our God, all this wealth that we have brought together to build you a house for your holy name comes from you and is entirely yours. 17 I know, my God, that you put hearts to the test and that you take pleasure in integrity. With a whole heart I have willingly given all these things, and now with joy I have seen your people here present also giving to you generously. 18 LORD, God of our ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, keep such thoughts in the hearts and minds of your people forever, and direct their hearts toward you. 19 Give to my son Solomon a wholehearted desire to keep your commandments, precepts, and statutes, that he may carry out all these plans and build the palace for which I have made preparation.”

David, as the leader of Israel, provides the example.  He “walks the walk” as well as talks the talk.  Often we recognize God’s goodness to us but do we reflect that recognition in what we offer back to the Lord?

Psalm 24:1-10

The Glory of God in Procession to Zion

1 A psalm of David.

I

The earth is the LORD’s and all it holds,

            the world and those who dwell in it.

2 For he founded it on the seas,

            established it over the rivers.

II

3 Who may go up the mountain of the LORD?

            Who can stand in his holy place?

4 “The clean of hand and pure of heart,

            who has not given his soul to useless things,

            what is vain.

5 He will receive blessings from the LORD,

            and justice from his saving God.

6 Such is the generation that seeks him,

         that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.”

III

7 Lift up your heads, O gates;

            be lifted, you ancient portals,

            that the king of glory may enter.

8 Who is this king of glory?

            The LORD, strong and mighty,

            the LORD, mighty in war.

9 Lift up your heads, O gates;

            rise up, you ancient portals,

            that the king of glory may enter.

10 Who is this king of glory?

The LORD of hosts, he is the king of glory.

All is the Lord’s but He has parceled it out to us that we might share it with others.  No one is to be denied God’s goodness and the servant who follows the Lord’s commands will be blessed.

 

Isaiah 1:10-17

10 Hear the word of the LORD,

            princes of Sodom!

Listen to the instruction of our God,

            people of Gomorrah!

11 What do I care for the multitude of your sacrifices?

            says the LORD.

I have had enough of whole-burnt rams

            and fat of fatlings;

In the blood of calves, lambs, and goats

            I find no pleasure.

12 When you come to appear before me,

            who asks these things of you?

13 Trample my courts no more!

            To bring offerings is useless;

            incense is an abomination to me.

New moon and sabbath, calling assemblies—

            festive convocations with wickedness—

            these I cannot bear.

14 Your new moons and festivals I detest;

            they weigh me down, I tire of the load.

15 When you spread out your hands,

            I will close my eyes to you;

Though you pray the more,

            I will not listen.

Your hands are full of blood!

            16 Wash yourselves clean!

Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes;

            cease doing evil;

            17 learn to do good.

Make justice your aim: redress the wronged,

         hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow.

God looks for true sacrifice, not lip service.  True stewardship calls us beyond ourselves to make us better disciples, to help us reach out to others, particularly those in need.  Prayer, no matter how fervrently and frequently offered, is not enough to please if we do not also look to serve our sisters and brothers, particularly those in need.

Malachi 3:6-10

Gifts for God, Blessings for the People

6 For I, the LORD, do not change,

            and you, sons of Jacob, do not cease to be.

7 Since the days of your ancestors you have turned aside

            from my statutes and have not kept them.

Return to me, that I may return to you,

            says the LORD of hosts.

But you say, “Why should we return?”

            8 Can anyone rob God? But you are robbing me!

And you say, “How have we robbed you?”

            Of tithes and contributions!

9 You are indeed accursed,

            for you, the whole nation, rob me.

10 Bring the whole tithe

            into the storehouse,

That there may be food in my house.

            Put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts,

And see if I do not open the floodgates of heaven for you,

            and pour down upon you blessing without measure!

To offer anything less than our best to God is, in some sense, to steal from Him.  It is not merely about following the law, whether civic or liturgical, but about recognizing God’s goodness to us and allowing that goodness, that love to move us to offer the best we have and are in return.

Matthew 14:13-21 (see also Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-14)

The Return of the Twelve and the Feeding of the Five Thousand. 13 When Jesus heard of it, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns. 14 When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick. 15 When it was evening, the disciples approached him and said, “This is a deserted place and it is already late; dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 [Jesus] said to them, “There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves.” 17 But they said to him, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.” 18 Then he said, “Bring them here to me,” 19 and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the fragments left over—twelve wicker baskets full. 21 Those who ate were about five thousand men, not counting women and children.

God provides abundance and He does so from the little we offer.  From five loaves and two fish, Jesus feeds over five thousand!!  When we offer God our best, even when that seems small and insignificant, God will multiply it to provide for others.

Matthew 25:14-30 (see also Luke 19:12-27)

The Parable of the Talents. 14 “It will be as when a man who was going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. 15 To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one—to each according to his ability. Then he went away. Immediately 16 the one who received five talents went and traded with them, and made another five. 17 Likewise, the one who received two made another two. 18 But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and buried his master’s money. 19 After a long time the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them. 20 The one who had received five talents came forward bringing the additional five. He said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’ 22 [Then] the one who had received two talents also came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two talents. See, I have made two more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’ 24 Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a demanding person, harvesting where you did not plant and gathering where you did not scatter; 25 so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground. Here it is back.’ 26 His master said to him in reply, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant and gather where I did not scatter? 27 Should you not then have put my money in the bank so that I could have got it back with interest on my return? 28 Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten. 29  For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’

God is all loving, but justice demands that He exacts a return.  God has given us all that we have and our call is to share that goodness with others, with the same loving heart and generous outreach.  It can be difficult to make a return, but the Lord knows and appreciates our efforts.

Mark 12:41-44

The Poor Widow’s Contribution. 41 He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. 43 Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, “Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. 44 For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.”

For God, it is never about amount nor is it just about intention; it’s about TRUST.  The poor widow gives all she has back to God.  She trusts that God will provide for her.  Do the sacrifices we make indicate a trust in the Lord?  Do we give only from our surplus, whether it is time, talent, or treasure?  Or do we give from our poverty trusting that God will reward us for imitating His generosity?

Luke 12:13-48

Saying Against Greed. 13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” 14 He replied to him, “Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?” 15 Then he said to the crowd, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.”

Parable of the Rich Fool. 16 Then he told them a parable. “There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. 17 He asked himself, ‘What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?’ 18 And he said, ‘This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods 19 and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!”  20 But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’ 21 Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.”

Dependence on God. 22 He said to [his] disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life and what you will eat, or about your body and what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food and the body more than clothing. 24 Notice the ravens: they do not sow or reap; they have neither storehouse nor barn, yet God feeds them. How much more important are you than birds! 25 Can any of you by worrying add a moment to your life-span? 26 If even the smallest things are beyond your control, why are you anxious about the rest? 27 Notice how the flowers grow. They do not toil or spin. But I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of them. 28 If God so clothes the grass in the field that grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith? 29 As for you, do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not worry anymore. 30 All the nations of the world seek for these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his kingdom, and these other things will be given you besides. 32 Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy. 34 For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

Vigilant and Faithful Servants. 35 “Gird your loins and light your lamps 36 and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. 38 And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants. 39 Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40 You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

41 Then Peter said, “Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?” 42 And the Lord replied, “Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants to distribute [the] food allowance at the proper time? 43 Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so. 44 Truly, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property. 45 But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, to eat and drink and get drunk, 46 then that servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful. 47 That servant who knew his master’s will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely; 48 and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly. Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.

Wealth, power, and prestige, indeed all that the world seems to value does not make us secure, no matter how much we have.  It is a strong relationship with the Lord, one built upon trust in Him, on built upon doing His will, one built on serving others that offers us the only true peace of mind and heart.

Luke 16:1-13

The Parable of the Dishonest Steward. 1 Then he also said to his disciples, “A rich man had a steward who was reported to him for squandering his property. 2 He summoned him and said, ‘What is this I hear about you? Prepare a full account of your stewardship, because you can no longer be my steward.’ 3 The steward said to himself, ‘What shall I do, now that my master is taking the position of steward away from me? I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg. 4 I know what I shall do so that, when I am removed from the stewardship, they may welcome me into their homes.’ 5 He called in his master’s debtors one by one. To the first he said, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 He replied, ‘One hundred measures of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note. Sit down and quickly write one for fifty.’ 7 Then to another he said, ‘And you, how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘One hundred kors of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note; write one for eighty.’ 8 And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently.

Application of the Parable. “For the children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. 9 I tell you, make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth, so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.  10 The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones. 11 If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth, who will trust you with true wealth? 12 If you are not trustworthy with what belongs to another, who will give you what is yours? 13 No servant can serve two masters.  He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

Jesus reminds us that we can serve only one Master.  It’s not that Jesus hates money – after all He had and depended on Martha and Mary and Lazarus who were friends with means.  What Jesus speaks against is makes that wealth our master, giving someone or something other than God, master of our lives.  With God as our Master, we are called to be creative in in serving Him and in reaching out to others.

I Corinthians 4:1-2

1 Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Now it is of course required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.

What does it mean to be trustworthy unless it means using what has been entrusted as intended by the one who gave it?  Are we good stewards?  Do we use what God has given to us in the way God wants us to use it?

II Corinthians 8:1-15

8 I say this not by way of command, but to test the genuineness of your love by your concern for others. 9 For you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that for your sake he became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become rich. 10 And I am giving counsel in this matter, for it is appropriate for you who began not only to act but to act willingly last year: 11 complete it now, so that your eager willingness may be matched by your completion of it out of what you have. 12 For if the eagerness is there, it is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have; 13 not that others should have relief while you are burdened, but that as a matter of equality 14 your surplus at the present time should supply their needs, so that their surplus may also supply your needs, that there may be equality. 15 As it is written:

         “Whoever had much did not have more,

         and whoever had little did not have less.”

God will never force us to be good stewards.  God will never force us to offer anything back but He has made known what He wants of us.  God calls us to share what He has given that all might know of His goodness and generosity, of His mercy and forgiveness.

II Corinthians 9:6-15

6 Consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work. 9 As it is written:

         “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;

         his righteousness endures forever.”

10 The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

11 You are being enriched in every way for all generosity, which through us produces thanksgiving to God, 12 for the administration of this public service is not only supplying the needs of the holy ones but is also overflowing in many acts of thanksgiving to God. 13 Through the evidence of this service, you are glorifying God for your obedient confession of the gospel of Christ and the generosity of your contribution to them and to all others, 14 while in prayer on your behalf they long for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

God loves a cheerful giver!!  It is not enough as Christians to give, even to give great amounts.  Instead, God wants us to be cheerful, to see our giving as an opportunity to share in His generosity.

Galatians 5:22-23a

22 In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Generosity is a mark of the Spirit’s presence, a mark of true discipleship.  When we are filled with God’s Spirit, we do not hesitate to share, to offer more than we otherwise might think we should.  God’s Spirit helps us to mirror God’s mind and heart as we give to others.

1 Timothy 6:3-10, 17-19

Teach and urge these things. 3 Whoever teaches something different and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the religious teaching 4 is conceited, understanding nothing, and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes. From these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions, 5 and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds, who are deprived of the truth, supposing religion to be a means of gain. 6 Indeed, religion with contentment is a great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it. 8 If we have food and clothing, we shall be content with that. 9 Those who want to be rich are falling into temptation and into a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evils, and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith and have pierced themselves with many pains.

Right Use of Wealth.  17 Tell the rich in the present age not to be proud and not to rely on so uncertain a thing as wealth but rather on God, who richly provides us with all things for our enjoyment. 18 Tell them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous, ready to share, 19 thus accumulating as treasure a good foundation for the future, so as to win the life that is true life.

We can truly rely only on God.  Everything else is passing, everything else is imperfect, everything else will ultimately let us down.  But God proves trustworthy and not only at the end of our lives, not only at the end of time, not only in moments of great need but in each and every moment.

Scriptures Listed on this Page

  • Genesis 12:1-3 
  • Deuteronomy 6:4-25 
  • Deuteronomy 8:7-20 
  • 2 Samuel 24:24 
  • I Chronicles 29:1-19 
  • Psalm 24:1-10 
  • Isaiah 1:10-17 
  • Malachi 3:6-10 
  • Matthew 6:19-21 
  • Matthew 14:13-21 (see also Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-14) 
  • Matthew 25:14-30 (see also Luke 19:12-27) 
  • Mark 12:41-44 
  • Luke 12:13-21, 48 
  • Luke 16:1-13 
  • I Corinthians 4:1-2 
  • II Corinthians 8:1-15 
  • II Corinthians 9:6-15 
  • Galatians 5:22-23a 
  • 1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19