[Column] Financial Stewardship is the Key to Wealth and Blessing

Financial Stewardship is the Key to Wealth and Blessing

Written By Rev.Dr. Joshua Hong

Senior Pastor of Full Gospel Church of Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

It is said that there are two indicators of a person’s character. One is a language habit and the other is financial habit. If a person uses his money not to help the poor but to buy drugs and to adorn himself with name brand clothes and accessories, it shows his character or lack thereof. Stewardship is an indicator of the faith and character of the Christian. We must remember that grace-filled, voluntary giving guarantees God’s blessings: “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it (Malachi 3:8-10).”

I heard a story about a missionary to Mongolia. It was time to collect offering at his church and a native Mongolian member raised the hand and asked him, “Pastor, Can I tithe from anything I have?” “Sure. You tithe everything you received from God,” responded the missionary. Upon hearing this, the man gladly presented a huge sack. The pastor out of curiosity opened the sack and saw what he has never imagined: cow dung. In Mongolia cow dung is a valuable commodity used in place of logs in winter for heating and cooking. It is increasingly useful during the long, stormy winter in Mongolia. Moreover, when mixed with water, cow dung hardens like cement and can be applied to the wall as thermal insulation. Without valuable cow dung, heating cost in Mongolia would be exorbitant.

The pastor offered a prayer for the man at the church filled with the odor of the dung “Pour down upon this man who gratefully offered unto you the ten percent of his income ten thousand fold blessing. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.” Something astounding started happening the next day. All the cows in the village excreted their manure in front of the man’s house. Cow dung began to pile up. That year the man spent nothing on heating cost. Furthermore, he made extra income with the surplus of cow dung. As we give unto God with gratitude abiding in His grace, God will grant us spiritual and material blessings.

If there is a Christian who gives scantily to his church, it is evident that the church is not important for him. The priority of church and faith will be evidently lessened. There is a price one has to pay to have a sense of identity as a grace-filled member of the body of Christ, which gave us the Gospel. Our sincere attitude towards financial stewardship is a sign of dedication of our body, talent, gifts, and everything we have in life. Wealth and blessing will be with those who give.

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