Stewardship of God-given Resources

Faithful stewardship…                           

In 1 Timothy 6, Paul addresses people who want to be wealthy. A few verses later, he talks about those who already are. Paul’s consistent message about the stewardship of God-given resources, financial or otherwise: Examine your attitude. ‘Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth,’ he says in verse 17. What should their attitude be? He recommends that they place their hope in God, not in their wealth. ‘Command them to do good,’ he continues, ‘to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.’ The Scriptures themselves call on major donors to give. The wealthy are repeatedly challenged to be quick to give. Be always ready to share what they have with others. Those who are ‘rich’ are to not have their sights set on their ‘riches’; they are called to put their hope in Christ who ‘richly provides.’

*Like what you just read and want to learn more? Check out, Donors Are People Too: Managing Relationships With Your Ministry’s Major Contributors

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About Gary Coiro

Nonprofit & Church Leader Nonprofit Leader and Consultant since 2004, following 15 years as a pastor. Competencies include board development, fundraising, staff development and management, strategic planning, church work, Bible teaching, and capital campaigns. Currently consulting and serving on the Church Ministries Management Team for a large multi-cultural evangelical church.
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