From Ownership to Stewardship: Five Christian Financial Principles That Can Change Your Life.

When it comes to managing money, Christians are called to go beyond practical tips and consider deeper, theological principles that reflect God’s perspective and nature. Embracing a mindset of stewardship rather than ownership can transform how we view and use our resources. Here are five Christian financial principles that, we think, can change your life.

1. Place Your Hope in God, Not Wealth

1 Timothy 6:17-19 reminds us, “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” This principle encourages us to trust in God’s provision rather than in material wealth. By placing our hope in God, we cultivate humility and a generous spirit. 

2. Embrace Generosity

Generosity is a key aspect of stewardship. 2 Corinthians 9:11 states, “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” We are encouraged to be generous and to give to others in need. Practicing generosity allows us to reflect God’s love and compassion and brings us joy and fulfilment. 

3. Give Cheerfully and Humbly

2 Corinthians 9:7 advises, “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” Giving should come from the heart, done willingly and joyfully. This kind of giving reflects a sincere faith and trust in God’s provision. We’re encouraged give cheerfully, discreetly, in humility and in reliance on the Lord Jesus Christ. 

4. Engage in Sacrificial Giving

Sacrificial giving exemplifies the ultimate expression of generosity. Hebrews 13:16 urges, “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” By giving sacrificially, we follow Jesus’ example of ultimate sacrifice, deepening our faith and reliance on God. 

5. Budget with Purpose

Creating a budget that aligns with your values and priorities is a practical step towards stewardship. Ensure your budget includes regular giving to charitable causes and church activities. This practice not only helps in managing finances wisely but also keeps your spending aligned with God’s purposes. 

By integrating these five principles into your financial practices, you can shift from an ownership mindset to one of stewardship. 

For more on this, download our guide: Five questions every Christian should ask about their finances.

Put your money where your heart is. 

If you give to Christian causes, why not save for them too. When you open a savings account with Kingdom Bank, we’re able to lend to churches, charities and gospel workers so that their ministries can flourish and grow. 

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