Three Ways Financial Stewardship is Linked to Discipleship

Three Reasons I Believe Financial Stewardship and Discipleship Are Inseparable

by Pastor Buz

Many of the disciplines of the Christian’s life have shared traits. For instance, it is always good to pray in concert with Bible study. Though the Bible’s words concerning faithful stewardship are authoritative for the purpose of instructing us in this important topic alone, a closer look will reveal how often it is tied to what it means to be a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ. Matthew 6:21 draws a direct connection between the disciple’s treasures and his heart, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Here are three reasons why I believe financial stewardship and discipleship are inseparable.

       1. Faithful Stewardship Is a Gateway to Every Good Work

The context of the all-too-familiar phrase, “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor. 9:7) makes it clear the Apostle is making a point that is more comprehensive than just financial stewardship. Consider verse 8.

2 Corinthians 9:8 (ESV) And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. (emphasis mine)

       2. Faithful Stewardship is a Discipline of the Gospel Task

While on his journey, the Apostle Paul wrote ahead to the Corinthians, instructing them to give faithfully and regularly toward the work of the gospel (1 Cor. 16:1-4). The purpose of this instruction and its timing was to make clear that effective gospel ministry was happening in many places and the people of God and their stewardship are vital aspects to its success.

1 Corinthians 16:9 for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

      3. Faithful Stewardship Reflects the Heart of a Disciple. A Disciple’s Heart Is:

  • A Sacrificial Heart – “this poor widow has put in more…” (Mk. 12:41-44).
  • A Generous Heart – “for with the measure you use it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38)
  • A Rich Heart – “one’s life does not consist of his possessions . . . [but is] rich toward God” (Luke 12:13-21).

For more guidance in the biblical perspective of Stewardship see,

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/steward-the-gifts-god-has-assigned-to-you

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/how-you-honor-your-maker-with-your-wallet

Please feel free to ask more questions or make comments as we run the race together.

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