Plot Twist: Week 9 - Day 4

Opening Prayer:

Lord, being a good steward is very difficult and I need your help to fully understand how I can learn good stewardship and pass it on to my children.  Amen  

Read: Luke 16:10-12 (NIV)

 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So, if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?”

 

Reflect:

All of us want our children to become good stewards of what God has given them.  It is important that we help them understand that they don’t own what they have but they must manage the resources he provides so that they are able to take on bigger responsibilities as they mature.  This is difficult to do in our hedonistic society. 

 As with most parents, we provided our daughter with an allowance when she was very small and taught her to give a tithe each week.  She really didn’t have much responsibility for what came in for her, so she wasn’t learning to be a good steward of what was given.  A friend passed on to me what they were doing with their children and it sounded like an excellent idea.  We sat down with her and laid out for her what we were spending on her for entertainment, clothing, and other miscellaneous items.  We told her we would provide this money for her for doing her responsibilities around the house.  We asked her to build a budget (with our help).  Initially, we had to supplement what she got until she reached a point that she was living within her means.  Today, she does an excellent job of managing her family’s finances which includes a tithe to the Lord.

 The Life Application Bible does a good job of summarizing what we want to pass on to our children.  “Our integrity is often put on the line in money matters. God calls us to be honest even in small details we could easily ignore. Heaven’s riches are far more valuable than earthly wealth. But if we are not trustworthy with our money here (no matter how much or little we have), we will be unfit to handle the vast riches of God’s Kingdom. See that you maintain your integrity in all matters, whether big or small.”

  

Apply:

Review this Scripture concept and evaluate how well you are managing all God has entrusted to you. Ask, am I being honest with little so that I will be ready for Heavenly responsibilities?

Closing Prayer:

God, may your Holy Spirit guide me as I walk through this life being a good steward of the resources you have given me. In your Son’s name, Amen.

Terry Schneider