Scripture for Stewardship
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”
First Peter 4:10
“All tithes of the land, whether in grain from the field or in the fruit from the trees, belong to the Lord, as sacred to Him.”
“Each year you shall tithe all the produce that grows in the fields you have sown...so that the Lord, your God, may bless you in all that you undertake.”
“...No one shall appear before the Lord empty-handed, but each of you with as much as he can give, in proportion to the blessings which the Lord, God has bestowed on you.”
“…For everything is from you, and we only give you what we have received from you.”
1 Chronicles 29:14
“The earth belongs to the Lord, and everything in it, the world and all its people.”
“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.”
“...Give to the Most High as He has given to you, generously, according to your means.”
“...Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in the house, and try me in this, says the Lord of Hosts.”
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth…”
“Give and it shall be given to you… For the measure you measure with will be measured back to you.”
“...recall the words of Jesus. There is more happiness in giving than receiving.”
“We have gifts that differ according to the favor bestowed on each of us.”
“Men should regard us as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God… Moreover, it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful to his gifts.”
1 Corinthians 4:1-2
“Each one should give as you have decided in your heart. You should not be sad when you give, and you should not give because you feel forced to give.”
2 Corinthians 9:6-12
“...As generous distributors of God’s manifold grace, put your gifts at the service of one another, each in the measure he has received.”
1 Peter 4:8-10
“...We should love people not only with words and talk, but by our actions and true caring.”
1 John 3:17-18
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8
“I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the temple treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had,
her whole livelihood.”
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him.
Jesus came to bring us abundant life , and our abundance, however great or small, should be embraced with gratitude.
“They rise in the darkness as a light for the upright; they are gracious, merciful, and righteou. It is well with those who deal generously and lend, who conduct their affairs with justice. For the righteous will never be moved; they will be remembered forever.
Scripture with Explanation
“More than enough”
Good stewards give exuberantly in response to all that God has done for them. In this passage, the Israelites bring more than enough offerings to Moses in order to build the sanctuary. They bring so many gifts that Moses has to restrain the people in their giving. The people offer time, talent and treasure from what they have and it is more than enough.
“First of all the fruit of the ground”
We are stewards not only of God’s creation but also of God’s story. In this passage Moses commands the people to bring their first fruits of the promised land into the sanctuary as well as tell the story of God’s salvation, promise and fulfillment for the people of Israel. Good stewards bring their gifts into the storehouse in thanks for God’s relationship with God’s people.
“Yet, I will rejoice in the Lord”
Stewardship is more than just an activity, it is an attitude and this attitude is not conditional. Even in times of material scarcity, good stewards remember God’s abundant gift of salvation that is unconditional.
“Give without payment”
We have freely received, so we must also freely give. In this passage, Jesus commissions his disciples to go out with minimal possessions to proclaim the good news and perform miracles in his name. Good stewards are givers, because they were first receivers. They trust that God will provide for them, through the community where they have been sent.
“You are mine”
All that we are and all that we have belongs to God. God has claimed us and promised to be with us, thus we are not alone in our work of stewarding God’s creation.
“One’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions”
What should I do with my abundance? The rich man in this parable asks a powerful question even though he does not arrive at the right answer. Good stewards are not greedy with their possessions. Rather, they realize that everything belongs to God and God has called them to share their abundance with the needy.
“They devoted themselves”
“As we worship, so we live.” Stewardship extends from our corporate experience of God in worship and fellowship with one another. In Acts 2, this community, grounded in its worship and fellowship, practices good stewardship through radically sharing and redistributing their possessions.
“Called to freedom … but through love become slaves”
Good stewards rejoice in their freedom in Christ and embrace their slavery to their neighbor through a bond of love. Stewards are motivated by grace, rather than law, and freely chose to bind themselves in service to their neighbor.
“The life that really is life”
(1 Timothy 6:12-19)
Stewardship emerges out of a heart of faith that confesses Christ. In this letter, Paul urges Timothy to teach the rich to put their trust in God, not their possessions. For it is only through God that they can do good and “take hold of the life that really is life”.
“Be of the same mind”
A good steward, like Christ, humbly puts the interests of others before his/her own. In this passage, Paul implores the Philippian Christians to share the mind of Christ, who was humbly obedient to the point of death and was exalted by God. As stewards we follow Christ’s example in obeying God’s command selflessly to love our neighbor.