We are stewards or managers of all that God has given us – our talents, our time, and our resources, including our money. God will hold us accountable for how we use what he has given us. He desires a return on his investment in our lives (Matthew 25:14-30. Romans 14:12. 1 Corinthians 3:10-15).
How we handle our money is a measure of our maturity (Luke 16:1-13). Money is a good servant but a terrible master. It can be a benefit in our lives and be used for great good OR it can cause a lot of damage if we let it get out of control.
Reflect on your financial situation. God has ordained good old fashioned hard work as the means for gaining income. How is the income side going for you? Pray for God’s favour and blessing on you as you work faithfully. How is the spending side going for you? Ask God for wisdom and restraint to live within your means and to avoid destructive debt. How is the giving side going for you? Are you honouring God by investing him the first part of all of your income in his work on earth? How can you be a greater help to the poor and needy in our world?
Pray for the church and other kingdom-minded ministries and organisations. Pray that they will have all the resources they need to fulfil vision God has given them.
“Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.” [Proverbs 3:9-10. NLT]
“Remember this — a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully. And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” [2 Corinthians 9:6-9. NLT]