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Responsibility and Accountability:

  • 1 Corinthians 4:2 – “Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.”
  • Luke 12:48 – “But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.”
  • Matthew 25:21 – “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.'”
  • Luke 16:10 – “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.”

God’s Ownership:

  • Psalm 24:1 – “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”
  • Haggai 2:8 – “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the Lord of hosts.”
  • Psalm 50:10 – “For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills.”
  • 1 Chronicles 29:11 – “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.”

Generosity and Sharing:

  • 1 Timothy 6:18 – “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.”
  • Matthew 5:42 – “Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.”
  • 1 Timothy 6:17-18 – “As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share.”
  • Proverbs 3:27 – “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.”

Investment in Eternal Treasures:

  • Matthew 6:19-20 – “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.”
  • Matthew 6:21 – “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
  • Luke 12:33 – “Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.”
  • Matthew 6:20 – “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.”

Managing God’s Resources:

  • Luke 16:10 – “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.”
  • 1 Peter 4:10 – “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
  • 1 Corinthians 4:2 – “Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.”
  • Proverbs 22:3 – “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.”

Caring for Creation:

  • Genesis 2:15 – “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”
  • Leviticus 25:23 – “The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you reside in my land as foreigners and strangers.”
  • Psalm 24:1 – “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”
  • Psalm 115:16 – “The heavens are the Lord’s heavens, but the earth he has given to the children of man.”

Contentment and Avoiding Greed:

  • Hebrews 13:5 – “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.'”
  • Proverbs 16:8 – “Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.”
  • 1 Timothy 6:6 – “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”
  • Proverbs 30:8 – “Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.”