Matters of Faith: Making It Work

“Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?”

Luke 16:11-12 (NKJV)

A few months ago, I wrote an article on financial literacy from a Biblical perspective and argued that it is a misunderstanding of scripture that reference financial stewardship that has caused many Christians to miss the abundant blessings that the Lord has planned for them. I highlighted the text from 1 Timothy 6:10 to illustrate my point:

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

1 Timothy 6:10 KJV

That scripture does not say that “money is the root of all evil,” but that “the love of money is the root of all evil.”

Today, I want to follow that article up by making the point that our correct understanding of Biblical stewardship will propel us to use that knowledge and make it work for our good and the good of mankind. That’s a broad statement, but I think it’s completely doable.

First, we have to realize that nothing more will be given to us if we are not good stewards of what we already possess. “Unrighteousness mammon” is translated “worldly wealth” in the Good NewsVersion of the Bible. Worldly wealth is temporary. It satisfies momentarily, maybe a lifetime or two, but it has no lasting or eternal benefit.

The Lord watches as we give stewardship over the things which have limited value before He trusts us with that which has eternal value. If we are not faithful stewards over worldly things, Jesus declares that we will not be given stewardship responsibilities over those things that have true riches.

The true wealth does not exist in worldly things. True riches resides in the hearts, the souls, and the spirit of humanity. He will never trust those riches to us if we’ve not shown that we have not already exhibited that we have the habit of good stewardship. It’s been said that we first develop habits then habits develop us.

In my previous article, I stated that everyone has been given the personal responsibility of doing their part in managing or being stewards of the resources given to them. We make it work when we are faithful over that which is considered least in the eyes of our Lord.
Be Bless +++

Rev. J. Loren Russell, associate minister at both Goodwill and The Greater Universal Baptist Churches in the Bronx, President/CEO of The JLR Company for Church Financial & Strategic Consulting, host of “Matters of Faith – The Radio Show” on Soul 1 Radio, Monday’s 8:00 – 10:00 PM (626-226-1448), author of Matters of Faith: The Book.

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