One of the symptoms of Grace in a person’s life is growth, scripture is full of examples of it. Both in the Old and the New Testaments, you will see people who carried the grace of God always prospered irrespective of external circumstances. Please note, I’m not saying that they were prevented from adverse environments, I’m saying in spite of adverse environments a Child of God is meant to thrive and grow in all circumstances.
We must settle it in our hearts and minds that God wants us to grow, prosper and increase. Anyone who tells you otherwise is probably misinformed or doesn’t want you to grow. Does that mean everyone should own private jets? No, but everyone must grow and increase according to the measure of grace given to them.
In the third episode of the series Broke to blessed, in this episode, I teach on Biblical Stewardship of finances. Before we start let’s take a quick recap of the first 2 episodes.
- Episode 1: We defined Biblical Prosperity: You are blessed when you manifest all the resources that Christ has made available for you to live well, prosper and finish your God-given assignment.
- Episode 2: I answered the question who is the source of the blessing and made the distinction between source and supplier
What is Biblical Stewardship?
It is the administration of Grace to effectively manage all God-given resources with the intention of growth and multiplication.
Did you know that Jesus Christ, our Lord, spoke a fair bit about money(directly or indirectly) he often used parables about money to drive home a bigger point. In one of the parables in Mathew 25:14 onwards, we read about the master who called his servants and distributed his wealth unequally. To one servant he gave 5 talents, to another 2 and the third servant got 1 talent. Contrary to what you may have heard, the biblical word Talent is not referring to your ability to sing or play the guitar. A talent was worth about 15 to 20 years of wages for a laborer.
Now that is a lot of money. So, the guy who got one talent was not handicapped in any measure. Let me get back to my main point if you study this parable well, the two servants were appreciated and rewarded for managing the wealth well and multiplying it and one servant who buried the talent and gave it back to the master was rebuked and was penalized.
If God and the kingdom of heaven operate on these principles we must make every effort to understand them and apply them.
5 lessons from the Parable
- A measure of Grace is given to all of us, within that measure of grace there are resources, gifts, and anointings.
- God expects us to use the resources wisely, with the intention of growing it and multiplying it.
- He rewards effective stewardship, He rewards multiplication with more multiplication.
- Christ doesn’t reward poor stewardship; God doesn’t reward poor principles and unwise, unbiblical behaviors.
- He equates stewardship to faithfulness and goodness.
- God equates poor stewardship to wickedness, worthlessness, and laziness.