We’ve looked at the elements of faithful stewardship – earning diligently, spending prudently, giving generously, saving wisely, and approaching debt with caution. We’ve seen the importance of being intentional with our finances – prioritizing, planning, and tracking where the money goes. But how can we tell if we’re on the right track as faithful stewards? In this podcast episode, host James Lenhoff breaks down two key types of indicators of faithful stewardship – spiritual and financial.

Spiritually, faithful stewards are growing in characteristics like perseverance, patience, contentment, and gratitude. These traits safeguard us from selfishness, materialism, and fear. Patience and perseverance protect faithful stewards from “get rich quick” schemes; contentment and gratitude provide freedom from the pull of the culture. Together, these attitudes empower believers to grow closer to God as they manage his resources.

Financially, faithful stewards are limiting their spending in order to give generously and save wisely. They’re growing their net worth over time while not relying on that net worth for their security or identity. And they’re becoming increasingly generous through limiting their spending and setting aside savings for future generosity opportunities.

Bottom line, faithful stewards realize that all they have comes from God and belongs to Him. And this goes further than money – it includes time, possessions, relationships, career – everything we have. But by consistently choosing to serve God rather than money, faithful stewards open the door for growing in stewardship in all of these areas.

And this is why the church needs to lead this conversation. At heart, faithful stewards are growing disciples – exactly what the church is called to produce. By discipling believers in stewardship, churches are addressing the single key item that most commonly gets believers “stuck” in their walks with God.