The Bible speaks of financial stewardship as being an important part of a healthy spiritual life. A steward is someone who possesses and is entrusted with the responsibility to look after something of value. The term is often but not exclusively applied to finances. It is this application that we consider stewardship in this topic of financial giving.
Proverbs 3:9-10 speaks of teh value of honoring God with our substance and the firstfruits of our increase and the blessings that comes therefrom.
In thanks to God, properly balanced ample religious giving by faith should cause one to consider giving first and largely to those entities with whom one largely associates and second to important others. Let all giving be cheerfully from the heart according to ability as you have prospered whether a tenth or otherwise (Gen. 14:20; 28:22; Deuteronomy 16:16-17; Proverbs 3:9-10; I Cor. 9:13-14; II Cor. 9:5-12).
Let each properly balance obligation to provide for your own family, church family, and community (Acts 6; I Tim 5:8). Live modestly and not in resource mismanagement and wasteful excess. (Deut 16:17; Matt 6:33; 7:6; 18:19-20; 19:21; 25:35-40; Heb. 13:1-2; Acts 2:42-47; 6:1-7; Luke 10:35; 11:41; II Cor 8:11-14; 9:6-7; Gal 6:9-10; Phil 4:19; Pro 8:21).
The above is an extract from my article entitled Of Financial Giving
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