Genesis 1 through 3 tells us that God created all things, including men and women, for His own glory, and that human beings have the honor of being at the very top of His creative order. This means human beings, while inherently sinful, are infinitely valuable, and should be treated with dignity, respect and compassion.
Since the beginning, God has given humanity the great gift of dominance over all living things, but also a responsibility to be good stewards of His creation. Therefore, we owe it to our Maker to use our money wisely. We should do nothing to hinder His Kingdom and instead advance it. We should not invest in ventures that promote or traffic in sin and thus are destructive to people.
Good stewardship begins with acknowledgment of Who really calls the shots.
“I believe the most dangerous misconception is the idea our money and possessions belong to us, not God,” says Randy Alcorn, author and founder of Eternal Perspective Ministries. “Many of our problems begin when we forget that God is the Boss of the universe. But, in fact, He is more than the boss; He is the owner.
“When I grasp that I’m a steward, not an owner, it totally changes my perspective,” Alcorn added. “Suddenly, I’m not asking, ‘How much of my money shall I, out of the goodness of my heart, give to God?’ Rather, I’m asking, ‘Since all of ‘my’ money is really yours, Lord, how would you like me to invest your money today?'”
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