• Lending to the Lord Devotional

    Proverbs 19:17

    The Lord does not overlook what His people do to help others. When we work to help the poor acquire basic necessities and even to prepare and train them to eventually escape material poverty, we are doing what God finds pleasing. Caring appropriately for the poor takes wisdom. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, for there are many reasons why people might be impoverished. Let us seek to aid the poor wisely, both in their material and spiritual poverty. View Resource

  • Increasing Wealth Devotional

    Proverbs 13:11

    As today’s passage indicates, the Bible does not frown upon the gathering of wealth, but only improper means of gaining it. In fact, Proverbs 13:11 indicates that the honest gaining of wealth is something to which we should aspire. What Scripture forbids is the love of money and dishonest means of earning it. Let us ask God to help us not fall prey to such love, to unethical ways of earning a living, or to get-rich-quick schemes. View Resource

  • Waiting for the LORD at His temple Devotional

    Malachi 3

    Dr. R.C. Sproul has often pointed out that Malachi 3:10 is the only place in Scripture where God commands us to put Him to the test. It is otherwise sinful to test the Lord, but we may test Him with the tithe. When we give to the work of the Lord, He promises to bless us and meet our needs—not necessarily to make us rich materially but to satisfy us and make us content. Let us give to the Lord’s work that we might see Him keep His promises. View Resource

  • How to Be a Good Steward Devotional

    Malachi 3:8–12

    We want to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Savior, but our growth will be hindered if we study the Bible all day yet do not bring our tithes and offerings to the Lord. How can we improve in our giving? One practical way is to make and live on a budget, which is wise even on an earthly level. Yet budgeting is also a great thing to do from a heavenly perspective because it helps us see how we can give more abundantly to God’s work. Let us steward our time and money to His glory. View Resource

  • Using Time Well Devotional

    Ephesians 5:15-16

    John Chrysostom reminds us that “the times do not belong to you” (ACCN T 8, p. 180). Even the hours of the day are not ours but are entrusted to us for wise stewardship. Let us therefore be careful with our time, endeavoring to serve the Lord well through efficient and effective service to our earthly supervisors. May we also seek to make the most of every opportunity to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth. View Resource

  • The Test of Personal Hardship Devotional

    Nehemiah 5:1-13

    God does not need our money and time to advance His kingdom, but He has chosen these means to help support the kingdom’s extension to the ends of the earth. He has called us to give of ourselves as a test of our obedience and to prove that we value Him more than silver or gold. May we be faithful to His call, believing that He will supply all of our needs in accordance with His love for us. View Resource

  • Giving and Receiving Devotional

    Proverbs 11:24-26

    The honest production and sale of needed resources is an honorable way to meet the needs of others, and it therefore can bring with it a blessing. Giving away portions of our income to feed the hungry and support the work of the church can also bring with it a blessing. If we would maximize the divine blessings in our lives, then we should be looking for creative ways to give to others and provide for them what they cannot provide for themselves. View Resource

  • Cheerful Giving Devotional

    2 Corinthians 9:6–15

    Prosperity preachers pervert the Word of God when they call on believers to demand that the Lord bless them a hundredfold when they give. Still, we should expect that God will abundantly bless us when we give with a cheerful heart (but not necessarily with money). Therefore, we should be looking for opportunities to help the church cover its expenses for ministries such as missions (both at home and abroad) and serving the poor. View Resource

  • The Rich Person’s True Hope Devotional

    1 Timothy 6:17-19

    The temptation to trust in our savings accounts affects us all, whether or not we would be considered rich by society’s measure. We must be good stewards of what God has given to us, and part of this involves realizing that all we have is His anyway and that He has the right to take it from us at any time. Money is uncertain, but the Lord will provide for our every need even in ways we do not expect. Where do you put your trust? View Resource

  • Serving One Master Alone Devotional

    Matthew 6:19–24

    Money itself is not evil, for it is possible to be wealthy and serve God. However, it is all too easy for us to think we are serving God when we are really serving the “stuff” of this world. The Lord gives us possessions to enjoy, but the first and best of all that we own belongs to Him. Make sure that you are offering up the first and best of all you have and not giving unto God only after you have first blessed yourself. View Resource

  • Giving with Discretion Devotional

    Matthew 6:1–4

    Augustine says, “The praise of others need not even be sought by one who acts rightly” (Sermon on the Mount, 2.2.5). Keeping track of our giving is not inconsistent with the Lord’s admonition that we do not let our right hand know what the left one is doing. Yet we are not to keep track so that we may show others just how good we are. As you give your money to the poor, ask yourself if you desire the praise of men more than God’s commendation. View Resource

  • How to Be a Good Steward Devotional

    Malachi 3:8–12

    Dr. R.C. Sproul notes that we are free today to give to a variety of Christian causes because in the new covenant there is no longer just one storehouse as under the old covenant. The lion’s share of the tithe should go to one’s local church, he says, but we may also contribute to Christian schools and seminaries, parachurch ministries, and mission organizations as part of our giving. Are you giving to the Lord’s work according to His demands? View Resource

  • Investing and Ownership Devotional

    Proverbs 13:11

    Joseph of Arimathea was a rich man and devoted disciple of Jesus (Matt. 27:57–61). It is not inherently evil to be wealthy or even to seek to grow our means — if we remember that wealth is a means to the end of glorifying God and not an end in itself. Seek to live below your means and invest your resources wisely that they may grow. Then take these increased resources and give them to the work of the kingdom and build an inheritance for your children. View Resource

  • Money and Inflation Devotional

    Proverbs 20:10

    Some have called inflation “the cruelest tax of all.” An artificial increase in the money supply is actually a type of oppression because it harms the poor and the elderly who live on fixed incomes. The biblical mandate to meet the needs of the orphan and widow is all the more urgent when inflation runs rampant. Do what you can to encourage fiscal discipline in the government and work with your church leaders to help the needy in your congregation. View Resource

  • The Theory of Value Devotional

    Luke 12:34

    Our work and purchasing serves to meet the needs of other people. Every time we buy something we put somebody, somewhere, to work. Yet each purchase we make also involves making a decision of what not to buy, since a dollar spent on one thing cannot be used for another. Our treasures, as today’s passage teaches, truly do indicate where our highest priorities lie. Where does your heart lie, according to your bank statement? View Resource