The One Condition To Obtaining True Riches

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Our family has been working through a wonderful book called, “Discovering God’s Way of Handling Money.” Both my husband and I grew up in non-Christian homes, and in many ways were not equipped by our parents in certain basic skills that would have made our lives a lot easier. So it is a real privilege to be able to disciple our children in the precious ways of the Lord, and to transfer some knowledge of getting by in this world to them while they are still young.

One of the memory verses in the workbook we are going through is Luke 16:11.

The truth is, dear friend, that nothing that you and I have in our possession belongs to us!  Psalm 24:1 makes this clear;

The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains,
The world, and those who dwell in it.

If God owns every single possession that you have, that makes you a steward.

steward; noun:  a person who manages another’s property or financial affairs

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The One Condition To Obtaining True Riches

You have come into this world with nothing, and you will leave with nothing. During your brief 80, 90, or 100 years here on earth, you are loaned a few possessions that you are to steward (manage) for the One to whom they belong. <–Click to Tweet

Now, the right question to ask, is, “How should I manage His possessions?”

Amazingly, God states one main characteristic which is to define the way in which you manage all you have been provided.

He could have emphasised that you should be generous, wise, loving, or frugal.

But rather, the Lord requires that you be found trustworthy (some Bible translations say ‘faithful’).

A Deeper Way to View Your Physical Possessions

At face value, when I first studied this verse, I took it to mean that I am expected to physically take good care of my possessions. To be careful not to scratch, stain, or spoil them.

However, as I was going about pointing these and other similar thoughts out to my children recently, I was struck by how much more is meant by these words of Scripture.

When the King warns that if you are not found trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, does he not mean so much more than simply looking after them? God looks not only at the outer appearance, but also at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7), so let’s consider how we may apply this principle to the fruit of our hearts.

Be Trustworthy With Your Wardrobe

  • The way you use the clothes that God provides should glorify and honour him;
    • Take care not to be a stumbling block to the opposite sex in the way you dress
    • Wear clothes that are modest, not causing others to covet

Be Trustworthy With Your Finances

  • Spend every dollar you have been given in a way that will honour Him, as He leads;
    • Give generously to others who are in need (1 John 3:17)
    • Financially support those in the ministry who are holding out the Word of Truth to a lost and dying world
    • Purchase wholesome and God honouring resources for your family to read and view

Be Trustworthy With Your Gadgets

  • Use your technical devices to aid you in walking a Godly life;
    • Write encouraging emails to loved ones and those who may be in despair
    • View only those websites and videos which bring life to your soul, and those that Jesus Himself would be pleased to view alongside you
    • Use the time that you have on the computer in a way that does not detract from any other calling that the Lord has ordained for your life during this precious season

When you begin to be aware of being trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, so that even greater treasures will be entrusted to you, your eyes will be opened to what a great responsibility it is to steward it all in a wise, godly, and trustworthy fashion.

As you go about your life today, I encourage you to be mindful of the wealth in your home and surroundings. With a new year fast approaching, let us be found trustworthy, and prepare for the true riches of the glory of the Living God.

May His Name Be Praised!

How could you begin using the worldly wealth that has been provided to you to glorify the Lord in a greater capacity?

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Tehila is an Israeli, God-loving, husband-serving, child-nurturing mom of five sweet little ones whom she homeschools. She resides in beautiful New Zealand from where she blogs at Women Abiding – Encouraging women to abide in God and His Word.
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40 Responses to The One Condition To Obtaining True Riches

  1. Rosey says:

    This is a wonderful and heartfelt post, and perfect timing too, considering the time of year. 🙂 Thank you for linking to Super Sunday Sync.

  2. Esther says:

    It is a long time since I have taken the time to comment on one of your posts dear Tehila,
    I hope you have not missed me too much.
    I was delighted to read this especially in the light of your continuing instability regarding a place to live and minister from. It is so wonderful how our Lord has taught you contentment and trust in HIM. This is one of the keys to being ‘trustworthy’ stewards I believe. When we have learned to be grateful for EVERY gift God gives, without coveting more, and when we know HIS purposes for temporal things, and trust him to guide us as to how to use them for his glory and our joyful provision, we are in the right mindset to be trustworthy.
    We still need to be vigilant over out deceptive hearts, which still yearn to gratify the flesh at times, but we have a perfect standard by which to measure those deceptions by so they are quickly detected and routed out.
    God’s use of money reveals his heart for ours on his behalf! It is so much more fun and ‘impulsive’ than mere frugality! and yet ALWAYS bring himself glory though drawing peoples hearts to HIM.
    When we are generous we need to boldly proclaim the source of that generosity. Far be it from us to accept their gratitude for ourselves ;).
    When we talk to lawyers about rights and responsibilities we need to shock them by our joyful willingness to give ‘our shirt’ too.
    When we are in difficult financial (or other) circumstances we need to be filled with excitement and joyful expectancy for the miraculous provision of our loving Abba, who NEVER fails to keep his promises.

    I was going to say something… Oh yes,
    Have you ever thought of applying Moshe’s instructions regarding the shabbat years to mortgage terms? We were terribly reluctant to borrow for our first house, until we thought to seach the Torah for teaching on debt. It seems very legitimate to take a medium term debt but ever debt was to be forgiven in the Shabbat year. Craig and I committed to only taking on a mortgage plan that could be paid off in 7 years.
    It was very hard to convince others around us but God blessed us tremendously through that process, but wonderful lessons we learned! What wonderful blessings we received from our Father’s hand through many varied means. At the end of our first first 7 years we had freehold a house that sold for $124,000, which became the means to purchase our present home for $4000 less. We had started with $2000, being the sale of our van, and a private loan from Craig’s generous Father ($10,000), for the purchase of a derelict old house which cost us $56000 to buy and restore to livable condition (ie the council would not let us live in it until plumbing a sewrage were replaced).
    God is so INCREDIBLY GENEROUS!

  3. Mia says:

    I live in South Africa where more than 50% of the population is extremely poor. So, I am greatly for sharing with those in need. C.S. Lewis said in his book, Mere Christianity, that you don’t give until it hurts a bit, you are probably not giving enough. That stayed with me forever.
    Blessings XX
    Mia

  4. Ann says:

    “…the right question to ask, is, “How should I manage His possessions?” So true! Ultimately, all we have and will receive are His! Thanks for sharing this great lesson and a reminder that we also need to be grateful for all He has provided!
    Blessings, Ann @ Christ in the Clouds
    http://christintheclouds.blogspot.com/

  5. Hazel Moon says:

    Thank you for sharing with us here at “Tell me a Story.” These reminders are something that we need to have placed before our eyes often! Being a Good Steward in everything is important .

  6. Beth says:

    As usual, Tehila, you’ve mined some incredible “gems” for us to learn from and apply to our lives. You are so good about making things practical and useful in our spiritual walk. Thanks so much for your tireless ministry here, my friend! It’s a blessing!

    • womenabiding says:

      Bethy-friend!!! Always excited when your name comes up among the comments I receive!! You are SOOOOO encouraging to me, and I appreciate your words of wisdom always! xxx

  7. When we have a good understanding of the concept of stewardship, other decisions are easier to make. We already have principles in place that dictate how we budget, spend our time, care for our homes, etc.
    Thanks for sharing these practical suggestions on how to be good stewards of various aspects of our lives.
    (Visiting from the Thrive @ Home link up.)

  8. I love Howard Dayton! Crown Financial Ministries really changed my life several years ago. The concept of stewardship is one that has transformed the way I look at just about everything.

    • womenabiding says:

      Oh wow, Loren! That’s really cool. It is a true joy and privilege to pass what I am learning of stewardship onto our children. May God bless you and your beautiful family today!

  9. I love how you went deeper than just taking care of and not wasting resources. It really is about so much more than that. Truly living in a God honoring way in all we do.

  10. It is so refreshing to stop by your blog and read here. Thanks so much for sharing these truths with me. The book sounds like a good one!! I’m going to scroll back up and take a look at it. I hope you are having a wonderful holiday.

  11. Good points! I think it is sometimes difficult to remember that what we “own” really belongs to God. When we begin to wrap our minds around that, being a good steward is so much easier. Thanks for linking up at Thrive @ Home Thursday!

    • womenabiding says:

      Yes, it is, Jenni! Even once we wrap our minds around the fact that God owns all our belongings, sometimes our minds unwraps, and we start to be possessive of it all… I need to keep reminding myself… God’s blessings to you, sweet one! xxx

  12. I like the way you have talked about how we are merely stewards of our possessions and that everything actually belongs to God. It helps us to sit lighter to what we have and to be more generous in our giving.
    Thanks for linking up at Essential Fridays. Blessings.
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions

  13. Sylvia R says:

    All good stuff, this. And well thought out in His Spirit. So good to read it and be reminded, in depth and not just superficially. Thank you.

  14. Rosey says:

    what a wonderful message to share! I’m visiting today from Fun Friday. 🙂

  15. Dina says:

    I’m so glad I clicked over here from the Sunday Community (at Jumping Tandem). This post is powerful and needed. I learned so much. Thank you for sharing this.

  16. Brittnei says:

    This was such a beautifully written post. I think that everything that you mentioned is so true. Honoring God by being great stewards and having his heart to do what He would want us to do with what we have is so important. Thank you for sharing with us at Countdown in Style! Don’t forget to stop by to see if you are featured! xo

  17. Rosey says:

    These kinds of resources to have are always nice, and the tips/advice you’ve highlighted here really are fantastic!

    Thank you for linking to Super Sunday Sync. Have a great week!

  18. Sylvia says:

    There is more to being good stewards than just taking care of our loaned possessions. Thanks for reminding us and pointing out practical ways to manage what God has given us!

  19. Lisa Nelson says:

    You are right, everything you say and you do matters. I do this by being as kind as i can to everyone i meet interact with. I try to be kind when they are not kind to me. Before the church, I was really judgemental of people. Especially people who I didn’t think deserved any love – because of their wicked ways. However, those are the people that need the most love.

    Not saying that it’s easy, cause it’s not. Sometimes I could just walk away and not care, but that’s not what Jesus would do.

    Thanks for this post. Thank you so much for linking up on the homeschoollinkup! So happy to see you back.

  20. Oh thank you, for sharing your thoughts about this book, sounds like one we all need to read 🙂

  21. I was pondering the same thing over the last few months. I love how you broke it down that it’s not only money and possessions that we have to protect, it’s our mind body and children. Thanks for sharing and linking up with Countdown in Style!

    ~~April~~
    100lbCountdown.com

  22. Arabah Joy says:

    Tehila, what a pleasure to have you visit The Loft and point us to this post. I hope you are doing well… and can’t stop thinking about your tooth and the mercury incident, which is a strange thing to come to mind when you think of someone, ha!! Anyway, thanks so much for linking up and being faithful with what you’ve been given. {{Hugs}} AJ

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