To be a good steward of blessings, we have to manage our wealth in the right way and motives. We all have the ability to tithe because we have been blessed. However, not all give their tithes in integrity because they do not know how to manage them right. Oftentimes, we make sure that our expenses have been settled first before we can set aside for giving. Is this a good practice? Practically speaking, it maybe is; but righteously speaking, it is not.
Put God First
We do not make tithing the last, for it is like making God our least priority. He must always be the first in our life, including our work, talents and entire wealth. Simply put, tithing must be the first destination of our blessings once it lands on our hands. Remember that God did not ask for the least of the crops, but of the first fruits. The amount of tithe is really not a big deal, what matters most is the heart to put God first above everything, most especially in our finances.
Managing our finances is never easy, but as we trust God with everything, surely, God will ordain everything for us. A good manager never had a backlog of work. He makes sure that everything is in order. As managers of entrusted wealth, we must be able to make sure that our wealth and talents are secure in terms of having a budget and a specific plan for them.
Remember that to be in integrity is to live with the wholeness of the mind, heart, as well as time and intentions. We do not let God wait for our tithes. We give back to Him when and where it is due. In order for us not to have trouble with our tithes and other giving, we must manage our finances righteously at the right time and with the right amount.
An unorganized person has questionable integrity. Remember that a person who is always late and cannot manage things right is someone who lacks control over his life. In order to keep our tithes in integrity, we have to be good stewards of our life and blessings.
Pondering on Your Blessings
It is also imperative that you understand how you view and manage your blessings. On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, how do you manage your budget and other blessings? What do you think are your strengths and weaknesses in terms of stewarding God’s blessings? In two to three sentences, give ways on how you can improve your stewardship.