I want to begin a month long series of articles on the subject of MONEY. More specifically, on the subject of Biblical Stewardship. My reasons for bringing this issue to light is simply to answer questions about how should we handle God's resources and how and what are we to give to the institution of the church, insight of what scripture teaches in this area?
It should not be too surprising to find our beginning article leading out in the subject of LOVE. Yes, love is the beginning framework for which we base our information on giving. As we look at John 3:16, we see God demonstrating to us the perfect meaning of giving. God gives us His Son, who then demonstrates another selfless act of perfect love, by giving His life for our sins. Both of these acts of love are for the exclusive benefit of humanity. God chose to grant us eternal life, knowing that it would cost Him the most precious relationship ever established in creation.
Jesus Christ then directs humanity to demonstrate that same kind of love towards God and others Matthew 22:37-38. Of course, we then ask Jesus the question, how can we demonstrate that type of love to God and others? Jesus responds with Matthew 25:31-46. We are to love those who we see, everyday, who have obvious physical, material, and spiritual needs. And to cap the point off, we will have been given the exact provision to meet the needs of those whom the Holy Spirit will place in our path.
Our response is based upon us understanding that everything on this earth belongs to God (Psalm 24:1) and we are just temporary safe keepers of all that God has entrusted to us. Therefore, it becomes easy for us to respond to other's needs, knowing that God has given us the resources to meet the need and that in doing so, we are responding to the greatest love created in humanity by saying yes to God's prompting in our lives.