What do we need to learn about contentment, wisdom and planning when it comes to Christian stewardship? Regardless of our financial situation, Chuck Bentley says that there are four principles we must always follow when stewarding our resources from God.
Chuck encourages us to give first, before we do anything else. He explains why this is an important principle for Christians to practice.
“That shows that we honor God; that He’s our provider and He’s in control. I don’t like to make that a law, I like to do it cheerfully, because God’s given me everything. Everything I have, every breath that I take comes from God, so honoring Him by giving first. I think 10% is a good starting point.”
Medical bills, car repairs and job losses can place heavy financial burdens in our lives, therefore it is wise to set 10% of our income aside for unexpected events. He points us towards Proverbs 30:24-25 for a practical example,
“The Bible uses the ant as a model. It says, the ant doesn’t have anybody cracking the whip, as a rule or overseer, yet it’s got the wisdom to save for the future.”
“If you’re diversified, then you don’t have all your eggs in one basket and you’re not so vulnerable.”
Chuck describes a few examples of what it means to be diversified as it relates to our financial situation.
“Diversification can come in many different ways; you may be diversifying your skills, maybe diversifying your sources of income by having multiple jobs, maybe diversifying where you keep cash, where you’ve invested cash, etc.”
He points out that it is especially important to diversify when it comes to our financial investments.
“I’d like to invest where when the market goes down, I have investments that go up on that day, so it’s not necessarily a bad day for me, and that’s because I’ve learned to diversify.”
Always trust God.
“On the spiritual side, undergirding it all, is to always, always, always, trust God.”
Placing our trust in God is an important practical decision to make, especially when it comes to stewarding our resources. Chuck elaborates,
“No matter what happens, our identity, our future, and our security is not in money and possessions – they can never save our soul. The Bible tells us that it’s greed and misplaced trust that ultimately robs us of what God wants for us. God loves us, He wants what’s best for us, and He wants us to love Him in return. That’s why He tells us over and over, ‘Don’t love money.’
Instead of trusting our finances to bring us contentment and security, Chuck reminds us that we can trust that God will provide our every need.
“Never doubt Him, never feel disappointed in God, He is perfectly in control. No matter how unpleasant your circumstances may be, He actually is preparing you to be used for His greater glory.”
Chuck Bentley, CEO of Crown Financial Ministries. For over a decade, Chuck has traveled the world teaching biblical financial principles to the affluent, middle class, poor and ultra poor. As host of the daily national radio broadcast, My MoneyLife™, Chuck connects with all generations and inspires his audience with a strong scriptural emphasis.Christian Stewardship