The Stewardship Verse in the Bible - Twice for Emphasis
So, what do you think is the greatest stewardship verse is in the Bible? While you contemplate that question, consider this fact brought to you by Crown Financial. Crown Financial reports that money is written about more than any other topic in the Bible. This is a big statement when you consider all of the subjects that could represent that statement.
So, the greatest Stewardship verse of the most written about or reference topic might be a pretty important verse.
Christ is very specific when He calls out money in Matthew 6:24.
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
Just for emphasis the exact same verse is found 2 books over in Luke 16:13 - making sure we heard it the first time or twice for emphasis!
Now Christ could have said, “You cannot serve God, and then use a general category.” He could have covered way more ground. Yet, that is not what happened. He specifically calls out money and states that there will be battle for master of our lives.
It makes sense. Money is god with the little g. Money is a pretty big provider of just about everything that we could possibly ever want in our lives. Money is the provider of confidence, power, love, self-esteem, happiness, immediate gratification, etc. People have looked to money to provide those things ever sense its creation. If you think about it, you can’t even support a good vice without money. Money has influence in all areas.
Why look towards God when money can be the same provider? You can see where one’s logic, whether on a conscious or on a sub-conscious basis, could lead them to that conclusion.
However, there is one major difference between the god of money and God. Money only provides the illusion of those emotions. It never lasts. It never builds towards anything. It is fleeting.
God is the only one that creates real everlasting emotions. The struggle and why Christ said that there would always be a battle is the seduction and ease to those emotions that can be had through money. The irony is that you don't even need the real thing. If you don't have money, you can always obtain the benefit of what money provides through the use of credit.
In a relationship with Christ, you have to focus on growing and learning in that relationship. You have to work on and grow to be the person God wants you to be. It is work. It is rewarding work. It is the obtainment of personal growth as you grow in Christ.
So, how do you win the battle that Christ refers to in Matthew 6:24? How do you be the best steward that God would have you be?
It is about daily surrender to a Matthew 6:24 life that keeps things in perspective. Then again, isn’t that one of the whole keys to Christianity in general?