If you do not know where you are going, any road will get you there, is a popular saying at which we chuckle. It is true. Daily, folks spend recklessly to buy unneeded items and then complain their bills are drowning them. They travel without a map – goal, plan, or budget – and they get lost.
Before offering help to these people, we must diagnose their condition. A doctor who prescribes a solution for a patient before examination soon might stop practicing medicine. Yet, that’s exactly what our society does when folks complain about their bills; we prescribe solutions without diagnosis.
People say being unable to pay bills is the issue facing North American families today. The prevailing sentiment is they need more income. Really? What are bills? Bills result from lifestyle decisions, smart or dumb, good or bad, prayerful or impulsive. Politicians, ‘occupy’ movement, students, liberals, and others, pick up on the inability to pay bills mantra and try to create policy for more government involvement in the economy.
The Stewardship issue is poor lifestyle choices encouraged by slick
Seductive marketing that appeals to our greed and selfishness. That’s why Jesus reminds us in Luke 12:15 to beware of all forms of greed because our lives do not consist of the abundance of our possessions.
We must reject the idea that someone unable to pay his or her bills chose wisely. We need to start asking probing questions about those bills. Today, folks live beyond their means; their incomes do not support their lifestyles, and they live pay-check-to-pay-check – the logical consequence of their choices. The solution is to adjust lifestyles, start choosing wisely, be patient, and stop being victims. It’s not more government programs or increased government involvement in the economy.
Many stewardship Bible verses teach us to set realistic attainable goals to help us make good lifestyle choices. Learning to make effective lifestyle choices start with a personal relationship with Jesus. More than saying a few words, and ‘accepting Jesus in your heart,’ this means turning over your life to Jesus. Then, by his grace, he will give you his will as your desire – the best for you.
Hebrews 13:5 will help to grow that relationship and provide solid guarantees on which to build needed debt-free lifestyle goals:
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Please understand the issue is not money but the love of money. Money merely is a means of exchange, so we need to keep our lives free from the love of stuff.
What does it mean to be content? Stewardship
Accept who you are, what you have, and where you are. Accept your circumstances. Think about it; if you accept your circumstances, you are unlikely to be in turmoil, angry, and unable to listen for alternatives God might present to you.
The most profound part of Hebrews 13:5 is God’s promise to be with his children always. This leads to the next stewardship Bible verse that helps goal-setting guided by Jesus. Hebrews 13:8 reminds us that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. We can trust him to do what he says. We can rely on him to provide for us when we seek first his kingdom and his righteousness (Matthew 6:33). When he shows us his goal, we can believe him. However, we must understand that we do not see life as he sees it. Therefore, our experiences might differ from our expectations.
Perhaps the most crucial reminder that we should be working his goal to be effective stewards is to understand that God is a God of order and structure. We see this throughout the Bible: in creation, building the ark, building the temple, establishing the theocracy when Israel left Egypt, the training and sending of his apostles, and many more instances. That’s why we should examine our approaches to the resources he gives us.
Are you working with him to set goals? Plans? Spending plans?
Do you agree that biblical stewardship needs effective goal setting under God’s guidance?
Mull over Luke 14:28. It is an excellent example of a stewardship Bible verse that will help you see the need to work with God’s goals. Speaking about discipleship this Bible verse tells us to count the cost before building a tower. Surely, we should sit down, reflect, and budget resources available under Jesus’ guidance. How else will we be able to know his allocation of his resources of time, talents, and money that he presents to us?