For today’s devotion, I would like to talk about money and stewardship, not as a financial expert but as someone who also needs to be reminded about being good at handling the things that God has entrusted to me.
1. The Parable of the Talents
When I was young, the parable of the talents was one of the bible stories that I always hear during Sunday School. Let me share it to you (for those who don’t know about it yet). This parable is found in Matthew 25:14-30.
14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.Come and share your master’s happiness!’
22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.Come and share your master’s happiness!’
24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Some bible commentators say that the Parable of the talents don’t just talk about money and investing. It also talks about the talents and skills that God gives us – that if we don’t use them well, they might be taken away from us and be given to someone who would do well in improving them.
Let’s say someone has a talent in singing, he knows he can sing and has a good voice but didn’t do anything to improve it or didn’t use it to honor and glorify God, it could be taken away from him and be given to someone who’s ready to use it to worship God.
Stewardship means the management or care of something, particularly the kind that works. We are considered stewards of God’s blessings and we have to be good stewards in order to be more excellent at it. What are the things that you are good it, again, this is not just money: are you good at singing, writing, dancing, poetry, planning, organizing, etc? Use if for God’s glory and you’ll even more be blessed.
3. Money Principles
Even though Stewardship doesn’t just talk about money, it still has a great impact when it comes to handling finances. Sharing with you this 10 Money Principles that our kids should learn as early as now. I hope this helps other moms like me in raising our children to become more responsible when it comes to money.
|This infograph sent to me by MoneymaxPH.
Have a great weekend everyone!