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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sundayvotion: Stewardship and Money Principles

For today's devotion, I would like to talk about money and stewardship, not as a financial expert but as someone who also needs to be reminded about being good at handling the things that God has entrusted to me.



1. The Parable of the Talents
When I was young, the parable of the talents was one of the bible stories that I always hear during Sunday School. Let me share it to you (for those who don't know about it yet). This parable is found in Matthew 25:14-30.
14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 
19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.Come and share your master’s happiness!’ 
22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’ 
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.Come and share your master’s happiness!’ 
24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ 
26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. 
28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

2. Stewardship
Some bible commentators say that the Parable of the talents don't just talk about money and investing. It also talks about the talents and skills that God gives us - that if we don't use them well, they might be taken away from us and be given to someone who would do well in improving them.

Let's say someone has a talent in singing, he knows he can sing and has a good voice but didn't do anything to improve it or didn't use it to honor and glorify God, it could be taken away from him and be given to someone who's ready to use it to worship God.

Stewardship means the management or care of something, particularly the kind that works. We are considered stewards of God's blessings and we have to be good stewards in order to be more excellent at it. What are the things that you are good it, again, this is not just money: are you good at singing, writing, dancing, poetry, planning, organizing, etc? Use if for God's glory and you'll even more be blessed.

3. Money Principles 
Even though Stewardship doesn't just talk about money, it still has a great impact when it comes to handling finances. Sharing with you this 10 Money Principles that our kids should learn as early as now. I hope this helps other moms like me in raising our children to become more responsible when it comes to money.

This infograph sent to me by MoneymaxPH.

Have a great weekend everyone!
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22 comments:

  1. Save early and save often is very important so you have something to use in case of emergency.

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    1. I agree. And that's what I'm trying to do now. :)

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  2. I must admit, I'm not familiar with that parable. Thabks for sharing. You're right, we should enhance our gifts more to glorify God.

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  3. Love this, Nilyn! It really spoke to me, now that I'm "obsessing" over how to recover from months of spending all our salary and leaving nothing for our savings. Thank you for the Biblical reminders!

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    1. You're welcome Maan! Is it ok to say that I somehow "envy" you for doing that? haha. Grabe, sarap kaya mamili ng mamili. lol.

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  4. Thanks for sharing! Saved the photo so I can print one for my kids :)

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  5. Yes! this is something I want my son to learn one day..to save for the rainy days. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Saving is very important especially to those who are starting to build a family. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome! Yes, I strongly agree with you!

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  7. Saved the infographic and will print it so my boys could take a look and learn as well. Would love to share this with them.

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    1. I hope I can teach these for Nate too! :)

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  8. I've seen this infographic several years ago. It's really a good reminder on how to teach kids about managing finances. Us adults need those reminders too sometimes. :)

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    1. Yes, even I, needs to be reminded of this. hehe.

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  9. I've read about that parable from some blog. I think from financial blogs. Its true that saving should start at a young age. So medyo nagsisisi talaga ko na hindi ako nakikinig sa mama ko dati. hehehe

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    1. Haha. Kahit ako, di rin, lol. Pero buti nalang di pa huli ang lahat. haha.

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  10. This is such a great reminder. This is not just for kids but for everyone. We have to grow whatever blessing we receive.

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    1. Yes! That's true! And I hope I'll be a good steward, always.

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  11. Thank you for this reminder, saming dalawa ni hubby siya ang magaling humawak ng pera samin. Ako kasi laging make up ang nasa isip lols.

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    1. hahaha! Ok lang, ang galing mo din naman mag make up gaw, lol!

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