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Being a Good Steward: The Other 90%

by admin on November 6, 2012 in Budget, Communication, Faith with No Comments

The Sunday school phrase, “being a good steward,” is right on the money in its intent, especially regarding finances, but lacks direction for its application.  The one thing we all seem to walk away with is that we are supposed to tithe 10% of our income.

But what about the other 90%?

Unless we’ve taken a financial Bible study, we might not know what God says about how to please Him with the other 90%.  What I learned from Crown Financial Ministries has changed my life, and because money is involved in nearly every wedding planning decision you will make, it’s important that you get this information from somewhere too.

Starting with the principle that our money is actually God’s money on loan to us until Jesus comes back (1 Chronicles 29:11-12), here are some basic Biblical financial principles for good stewardship of the other 90%:

– A good steward treats God’s money better than he would his own. (Luke 16:1-2)

– A good steward wisely and diversely invests. (Ecclesiastes 11:2, Proverbs 21:5)

– A good steward does not squander his money on get-rich-quick opportunities. (Proverbs 20:21, Proverbs 28:20)

– A good steward gives cheerfully to those in need. (2 Corinthians 9:6-8, Acts 20:35)

– A good steward saves. (Proverbs 21:20)

– A good steward provides for his family. (1 Timothy 5:8)

– A good steward seeks God, not riches. (Matthew 6:33, 1 Timothy 6:10)

– A good steward seeks to avoid debt. (Proverbs 22:7, Romans 13:8, 1 Corinthians 7:23)

– A good steward pays debt promptly and with restitution if necessary. (Proverbs 3:27-28, Numbers 5:5-8)

– A good steward is honest and faithful in the little and the big. (Luke 16:11, 1 Corinthians 4:2, Luke 16:10; Deuteronomy 25:13-16)

– A good steward does not bribe or accept bribes. (Proverbs 15:27, Exodus 23:8)

– A good steward works excellently for his pay. (Colossians 3:23-24, Proverbs 6:6-11)

-A good steward trusts God by taking a Sabbath from work. (Exodus 20:9, Exodus 34:21)

– A good steward pays taxes. (Romans 13:1-7)

What does being a good steward have to do with your wedding planning?  Either you are paying for your wedding or someone else is.  Whether it’s your money that God loaned you or someone else’s money that they are giving/loaning you, you have the prime opportunity to honor your benefactor in all your expenditures and in all of the financial gifts that you receive.

If your parents are paying for your wedding, what does it look like for you to be a good steward of their money?  What kind of research do you need to do to make sure they are receiving good deals and quality services?  What kind of communication and interaction can you offer them to show that you are working excellently with the resources they are providing for you?

If you are paying for your own wedding, are you budgeting well enough to continue saving, giving, and tithing?  Are you investing in quality vendors?  Are you spending less money than you have in order to avoid dipping into debt?

So often, how we view our money directly correlates with how we view God.  Being a good steward of the money He has given you will help you to keep an eternal perspective through your wedding planning.

Lord, thank You that I get to plan this wedding, and thank You for all the resources You have given me to do so.  Let me not lose sight of the fact that this is Your money I am spending.  I want to spend it well and be a good steward of it.  Help me not to let the grandeur of the occasion excuse me from tithing faithfully and from being a good steward of my money, time, and talent in both the wedding and the non-wedding areas of my life.  I love You, Lord, and I want my financial decisions to reflect that.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

The aforementioned points were a summary of the teaching provided by Crown Financial Ministries.

Article was originally published on January 3, 2011.

By Lindsay

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