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Realizing that all I have (time, talents and treasures) belongs to God and freely giving to benefit others.

Devotional Thought

Read Luke 18:18-25 and Luke 21:1-4.

The story of the rich young ruler and the woman who gave the Lord her last two pennies is an amazing contrast. The young man hoarded his possessions, while the woman gave all she had. The Lord was pleased with the woman's offering and had harsh words for the ruler.

The Bible has more to say about money than any other topic-over 2,000 verses worth. The way we handle money affects us spiritually, emotionally and physically. Contrary to popular belief, the Bible is relevant for today's economy and complex financial system. In His Word, God promises to provide all we need, and He does! The problems begin when we fail to manage the provision and resources carefully and we become lethargic to the principles God has designed for its use.

You can sum up God's principles into three truths: (1) God Owns All You Have - Psalm 24:1; Haggai 2:8; Deuteronomy 8:18. We are merely stewards. (2) God Controls All You Have - 1 Chronicles 29:11-12; Daniel 4:34-35. He is sovereign over all. (3) God Provides All You Need - Luke 12:30-31. He'll meet all your needs, not necessarily all your wants.

While many Christians think responsibility to God amounts to 10%, in reality all money belongs to God and we are simply caretakers of it. As stewards of these funds, we are responsible for properly managing it while we have it in our possession. God can decide to entrust us with as much or as little as He chooses. As stewards (not owners) of God's finances, it is our responsibility to be faithful managers. If we are faithful in our stewardship, God makes certain promises to us including peace, provision and prosperity. Freely give, and you will discover the joy of participating in God's grace.

One of the great joys in life comes from giving to those in need. And we always have something to give including our time, talents and treasures. Often the thing we take for granted may be a tremendous blessing to someone else.