The word Christian is used only three times in the Bible. The first mention is in Acts 11:26. Christian was the name given to the Greeks and Romans who believed in Christ at Antioch. The meaning of the word is, “belonging to the party of.” The group at Antioch belonged to the party of Christ and were followers of his doctrine. This identity is one that all Christians share.
Being a Christian is not just a title, it’s a position. The position is that of a steward; a person responsible and entrusted with the management of another’s possessions. As stewards, all we do should be directed by the desires of the owner, God. And the owner’s desires and instructions are clearly understood by what He said, His Word, the Bible.
The following quotes are written and shared to help you, the steward. They are meant to challenge, instruct, and encourage you to be the best steward you can be. In the end, all that will matter, all that will last, is what we did for the one whom we follow, Jesus our Lord.
Christian Stewardship Quotes
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
“Money is not the only commodity that is fun to give. We can give time; we can give our expertise; we can give our love or simply give a smile. What does that cost? The point is, none of us can ever run out of something worthwhile to give.” – Steve Goodier
“Tithing is not giving; it is bringing.” – Unknown
“The greatest lesson you might ever learn in this life is this: It is not about you.” – Shannon L. Alder
“Do you not know that God entrusted you with that money (all above what buys necessities for your families) to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to help the stranger, the widow, the fatherless; and, indeed, as far as it will go, to relieve the wants of all mankind? How can you, how dare you, defraud the Lord, by applying it to any other purpose?” ― John Wesley
“You would not be able to manage millions of dollars well when you are not managing thousands of dollars well” – Manuel Corazzari
“Stewardship is not about raising money; it’s about raising Christians who willingly trust God.” – Unknown
“When a man becomes a Christian, he becomes industrious, trustworthy and prosperous. Now, if that man when he gets all he can and saves all he can, does not give all he can, I have more hope for Judas Iscariot than for that man!” – John Wesley
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.”—Missionary Jim Elliott
“Money is so intimately related to the possessor, that we cannot give money without giving ourselves.” – Unknown
“Abundance isn’t God’s provision for me to live in luxury. It’s his provision for me to help others live. God entrusts me with his money not to build my kingdom on earth, but to build his kingdom in heaven.” – Randy Alcorn
“Poverty is not God’s norm, but neither is lavishness.” – Larry Burkett
“..the best strategy for giving is a two-fold approach: a basic plan combined with a willingness to consider spontaneous giving when unique opportunities arise.” – Andy Stanley
“To be dishonest means that you’ve gone outside the structure of God’s word in making financial decisions: you’ve cheated another person and, in reality, you’ve cheated God.” – Larry Burkett
“Be wise and attend to obeying. Let Christ manage the providing.” – Charles Spurgeon
“The happiest people on earth are the people who have discovered the joy of giving.” – Unknown
“It really comes down to one question, do you trust God, or have you just been saying you trust God.” – Larry Burkett
“..tithing isn’t something I do to clear my conscience so I can do whatever I want with the 90 percent–it also belongs to God! I must seek his direction and permission for whatever I do with the full amount. I may discover that God has different ideas than I do.” – Randy Alcorn
“You show me your checkbook and I will show you where your heart is.” –Larry Burkett
“There are 2 questions a steward needs to consider. 1. Who owns it? 2. How much is enough?” –Ron Blue
“All of us can learn good stewardship by enacting the following: Spend Less than You Earn, Give Generously, Avoid Debt, Plan for Financial Margin, and Set Long Term Goals.” –Ron Blue
“Live like no one else so later you can live like no one else, and give like no one else.” –Dave Ramsey
Wherever you are on your stewardship journey, I hope you’ll take this list of quotes, perhaps jot one or two down on a 3 by 5 card and kept it in focus, to motivate you to be that good and faithful steward you were meant to be.
Your stewardship has the potential to influence lives, provide hope to others, and make an eternal difference.