Effective Stewardship – Month #15
God wants us to know the state of our finances.
“Know well the condition of your flocks,
and give attention to your herds;
for riches do not last forever,
nor a crown for all generations” (Prov. 27:23-24).
Many people — including Christians — sometimes end up in serious financial difficulty because they ignore this basic principle from God’s Word: God wants us to know the state of our finances. Proverbs 27:23-24 instruct us, “Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds; for riches do not last forever, nor a crown for all generations.”
In Old Testament times, livestock were one of the primary measures of a person’s wealth. Today, we might be admonished, “Be diligent to know the state of your bank accounts and your possessions.” Or as Proverbs 24:3-4 says in a contemporary version, “Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts.”
Why is this so important? As managers, we are responsible for what God has entrusted to us. Part of that responsibility includes monitoring the status of our possessions and making wise investments.
One of the best investments we can make is to send deposits to the “Bank of Heaven” by giving to the Lord’s work here at Central United Methodist Church. When we do that, we are not only exercising good stewardship, but we are also earning God’s approval. There’s no better return on an investment than that!
As you think about your life today, do you have a good picture of where you are financially? Are you keeping the commitments concerning giving which you have made to God?
Think about it: A dollar spent for lunch lasts about five hours. A dollar spent for a necktie lasts about five weeks. A dollar spent for an automobile lasts about five years. A dollar spent in the service of God lasts for eternity.