God has called us to be good stewards of our time, money and all resources that He has given to us. He wants us to use our resources in ministry. This is referred to as stewardship. The Church exists to minister to people. God’s love is demonstrated to others by meeting their needs and healing their hurts in the name of Jesus, this is ministry. Each time you reach out in love to others you are ministering to them. The Church is to minister to all kinds of needs: spiritual, emotional, relational and physical. God is concerned about each of us as individuals. He loves us and wants to speak to us about what we should be doing with our lives. Read Ephesians 2:10. God has a plan for our lives. Paul tells us that God’s will for our lives is “good, pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:2). If we are to find out about God’s plans for us, we need to ask Him about them. God warned His people about embarking on plans without consulting Him: “Woe to the obstinate children, to those who carry out plans that are not mine … who go down to Egypt without consulting me” (Isaiah 30:1, 2). We make mistakes because we fail to consult the Lord. God guides us when we are prepared to do His will and not our will. The psalmist says, “He guides the humble (Psalm 25:9) and “confides in those who fear him”. God speaks to us in various ways.
A. Commanding Scripture:
God’s will for all people in all places in all circumstances is revealed in scripture. From the Bible we know that certain things are wrong; we can be quite sure that God will not guide us to do these things. Although God’s general will is revealed in the Bible, we cannot always find His particular will for our lives there. An example is marriage: the Bible tells us that it is His general will for people to get married. Although singleness is a high calling, it is the exception rather than the rule. Read Corinthians 7:2. We know that Christians are only free to marry other Christians (II Corinthians 6:14), but the Bible does not tell us whom we should marry. God speaks to us through His Scriptures. He may speak to us as we read.
B. Compelling Spirit:
When we become Christians, the Spirit of God comes to live within us. When He does so, He begins to communicate with us. We need to learn to hear His voice. Jesus said that His sheep would recognize His voice (John 10:4, 5). The more we get to know Jesus, the easier we will find it to recognize His voice. Often God speaks to us when we pray. Prayer is a two-way conversation. God speaks to us by giving us a strong desire to do something. (Philippians 2:13). As we surrender our wills to God, He works in us and often changes our desires. God will guide us as we find our place in ministry. God guides us also in unusual ways such as dreams and visions.
God wants us to be good stewards of our time and resources. He wants us to be givers and not takers. He wants us to be aware of the needs of others and give our time and resources to help others. God wants us to build people up, to be a blessing, speaking words of faith and victory into their lives. Giving is a spiritual principle. Whatever you give, will be given back to you.
D. Tithes and Offering:
The tithe means 10% of our resources which include our income. This belongs to God. Our offering are what we give beyond the 10%. Read Malachi 3:10.