Because people are so sensitive about money, ministers are frequently reluctant to preach about giving. However, by not teaching the important subject of stewardship, they can cause their congregations to miss out on great blessings. One definition of a “steward” is someone who has been given responsibility over something, or someone. Christian stewardship involves your utilization of what you have been given, whether talent, time or money.
Since I am not currently raising money for a Building Fund or a Mission project, I am free to point out a basic principle of the Lord. That principle is “What and how much you reap, or receive, is directly proportional to what you sow and how much you sow.”
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7) This is true in agriculture; it is true in your behavior; and it is true in Christian stewardship.
Here is what the Word says about this subject:
Psalms 37:25-26 – I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.
Proverbs 11:24-25 – There is that scattereth (gives freely), and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
Proverbs 14:21 – He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.
Proverbs 22:9 – He that hath a bountiful eye (is generous) shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
Malachi 3:10 – Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Acts 20:35 - . . . remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Luke 6:38 – Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
This last verse is my favorite, spoken by the Lord Jesus Himself, confirming the principle expressed in Galatians 6:7. This is how to be blessed. Praise the name of Jesus, always.