Financial Stewardship: Galatians 6:6
“6) The one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches him.” Galatians‬ ‭6:6‬
This is a stand alone verse. It is setting up a model for compensation of those in full time ministry. As Acts 6:4 says, it is vital for spiritual leaders to be set aside for prayer and the ministry of the preaching and teaching.
Study, message preparation, seeking God earnestly in prayer and shepherding people is hard work. Those who excel work long hours and often get called anytime day or night. They need to be compensated by the body of Christ so they can devote themselves full time to this calling.
There is a place in church planting or beginning a new mission work for what is sometimes called “tent making.” This comes from Paul’s willingness on occasion to work with his own hands to provide financially for his support. (See Acts 18:1-5).
Notice there came a point where Paul devoted himself full time to the ministry. Why? Because as ministry grew so did the work load. It can be assumed that the support base was also growing.
God wants every Christian to practice giving and stewardship. In the Old Testament this was called the “Tithe” and was based on 10% of annual income. It went to support the priests, Levites and the work of the temple. There is far more overhead in ministry than merely the salary of the workers.
Texts like 2 Corinthians 8-9 develops this theme in depth for New Testament believers. Giving went beyond mere tithing and is more often referred to as “stewardship” and “free will offerings” in the New Testament.
We set 10% as our base to the church and formal ministry and then give as God prompts us beyond that to special needs. We also support a few missionaries on the side of our giving to the church.
I consider giving as a part of worship and acknowledgment that God is the Provider of all things. God loves a cheerful giver and He rewards generosity. (See 2 Corinthians 9:6-11). The Bible is full of financial advice, and part of it includes giving.
If you need to get your financial house in order, I would encourage you to follow this simple plan for every dollar that comes your way: Give 10% to Gods Work Save and invest 20% (Pay Yourself!) Live the rest of your life on 70% Become debt free as soon as possible Live within your means Avoid credit cards like a curse… paying interest drastically reduces your overall spending power. Consume wisely: Shop clearances, buy quality used items, pray for Gods provision, negotiate purchases when possible and learn contentment. Increase your giving as God blesses your investments and capital.
These eight points are based on practical biblical wisdom and will put you on a pathway for financial freedom and prosperity over time. I would highly encourage you to take a Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University course as soon as possible. The way you handle your finances tells volumes about your character and view of God.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global