Financial Stewardship - The Least of These
I think the whole key to biblical prosperity is to look at yourself as a steward and not as an owner. Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” Everything you and I have belongs to the Lord. He just lets us steward it while we’re here on this earth.
Everything I own - my vehicle, my home, my clothing, my jewellery, my savings, and even the food in my refrigerator - belongs to God. You might think you’ve earned your money and possessions by working and getting paid. You may have worked for it, but did you know that God gave you your skills and talents?
It’s God who gives you the ability to go to work, and He chose you to be born into a period of unprecedented wealth and opportunity in the world. It’s wise to adopt a steward’s mindset and recognise this isn’t my money; it’s God’s money.
When you get a hold of that truth and align your thinking with the Word of God, your attitude toward finances will radically shift. If you’re sitting there thinking the reason I’m teaching on finances is so I can fleece you, you’re either lying or you’re totally deceived. I’m teaching on this because it’s the Word of God, and people need to know how to prosper.
Jesus said that the love of money is the root of all evil, but money itself is not evil. Often, people who don’t have very much money spend more time loving money, praying for money, and desiring money than people who have their needs met. It’s the love of money that’s the root of all evil.
Money itself is neither good nor bad; it’s just neutral. The only thing money does is amplify what’s already in your heart. If your heart is right, you can have money and use money to be a blessing.
In Ephesians 4:28 it says, “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.”
Most people work so they can live, but this scripture is saying the reason we work is to have something to give to people in need. I believe the definition of biblical prosperity is summed up in 2 Corinthians 9:8, which says that “God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” That’s the reason I want to prosper - so I can abound unto every good work.
You know, the Lord has given me a vision of ministering to people over television. Our television bill for airtime alone is over one-and-a-half million dollars per month. Taking the Gospel as far and as deep as possible requires money. The reason I want to prosper is because I want to reach people, tell them the truth, and I couldn’t do it if I didn’t have money.
So the reason for prosperity, if you understand it correctly, isn't so you can get a bigger house, a bigger car, or more toys. It’s so you can be a bigger blessing. I give away tens of thousands of books and materials and provide most of my teachings at no cost on my website to spread the Gospel and bless others. The greatest use of money isn’t for yourself. It’s so you can be a blessing to other people.
If your needs are met and you’re at a level of contentment where you don’t need any more, then use what you’re learning about prosperity to be a blessing and help spread the Gospel. It’s important to understand why Jesus said the greatest use of money isn’t for yourself. Money is just a tool. You need to see yourself as a steward, and if you do that, I guarantee it would kill the love of money.
You know, Jamie and I have been through some challenging times. When we first started in ministry, we’d often go without food. And sometimes we’d go into a grocery store with only seven dollars and think, “What can we get for seven dollars?” and we’d have to pick and choose very carefully. So I recognise that God is my source, and He’s the one who’s blessed me.
In Luke 16:10–12, the Lord says if you aren’t faithful over that which is least - talking about money - He won’t increase you and give you more. This is entry level stuff. Trusting God with your money is a baby step of faith. It’s the very smallest area of trusting Jesus. If you can’t trust Him with your money, you’re deceiving yourself if you think you can trust Him with your healing, deliverance, marriage, kids, and so on. Those things are a lot more important than just trusting God in the area of money.
I go into much more detail in my full teaching, and I think it would bless you and help you be more discerning in this area. Also, I’m sure you know some people who have bad attitudes about giving because of the abuses they’ve seen regarding money. I think this teaching would help them get past those hurts and begin receiving God’s best in their finances.
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Andrew and Jamie
Prosperity begins with understanding our role. We are God's stewards. Jesus said trusting Him in finances was the least use of our faith.View all products for Financial Stewardship