How can we be good stewards of everything God has given us?
Life can sometimes take us by storm! We worry about bills, taxes, or student loans constantly.
What would Jesus do if He was in our shoes? Jesus himself paid taxes. Yes, that’s right. Hard to believe isn’t it? In Matthew 17:24-27, we learn that Jesus did indeed pay taxes.
The problems we have in the United States are not only true for the poor. The problems are within everyone, including the very wealthy. Just this week I heard on the news that two very prominent A-list celebrities didn’t pay their taxes for years! And yet, they chose to blame others for their mistake. On April 14, no matter who you are, it’s your responsibility to pay your taxes.
Not being a steward of the resources God has given us is a sin. Once you know right from wrong, you are accountable for any sin. I understand, and so does our Lord, that for some families giving can be hard. We should, as Christians, be good stewards. That includes a budget depicting expenses. Those being rent/mortgage, electricity, food, and any other extras we have the funds for. We can please God by being wise when it comes to our finances.
Perhaps the most important thing to include in our budgets is giving back to God. Sadly, the church often comes as an afterthought. Jesus said 10% of your income should go to Him.
However, giving back to God can be so much more than just tithing 10%! Personally, I follow my heart. Look around. Jesus himself said to give to the poor. He said feed and clothe them. We can give back by cleaning our closets and giving clothing to the needy. We can volunteer our time too! Give a homeless person a sandwich or set up a soup kitchen in a park. Cooking a meal and taking a plate to an elderly neighbor counts as being a tithing Christian.
God doesn’t just check the church’s bank account – He sees everything you do. Christ is Omniscient. He is all Knowing. He knows when out of your heart you give what you have. And believe me, he makes note of it.
Give out of a humble heart. God is called the Father because he is our father. What does a father do when his children have disobeyed the rules of the house? He disciplines them. Study the Bible hard and get into prayer life. Make him a major part of your life – the number one part of it. It’s my practice to make sure no one knows what I give to the Lord or His people. It’s between me and God. Christ wants you to give out of your loving heart. He wants you to spread the Word and give in humbleness and joy, not in pride.
When you give, don’t be under the impression that you are helping these people. Instead, remember that you are the hands and feet of Jesus. Give in His name. When you’re giving, why not give to them and have a meaningful conversation? A motivational Christian one. One of compassion. Be Christ Like!
So as you give, whether it be an act of kindness, giving to the church, a woman at the grocery store that didn’t have enough money, sending finances to Saint Jude’s research center or any Christian Charity, or simply a person in need, keep it between you and Christ. This is because to reap your blessings you must humble yourself to a point that you inevitably try to the best of your abilities become Christ-like. Humble yourself and ask God to give you a humble heart- a compassionate heart. One without judgment, one without malice, and one that truly wants to walk the walk that Christ walked. Blessings beyond imagination will be bestowed upon you. Not on this temporary earth, but in eternal life.
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7
All this is for your benefit, so that you may grow in the knowledge and faith of Jesus Christ our Lord. ALLELUIA!