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Why Stewardship Requires Humility

In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis said, “Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man... It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest.”

What convicting truth! Pride is one of the deadly sins and it's no question as to why. Stewardship requires humility. All the negative implications of living with pride can be counteracted with a positive reaction of humility.  

Pride abuses your wallet. Humility uses money for the Kingdom.

In an article at time.com Paul Michael points out that there are 7 pride vs humilityareas that pride causes us to overspend. Whether it's by spending too much on brand names, going into debt, or making the same financial mistakes, our pride can trap us in a devasting financial cycle. Pride can wreck your budget in more ways than one and never leads to a good outcome. 

When we live as humble stewards, we see money as a tool God has entrusted to us for His Kingdom. Stewardship is not ordering your finances in a way so you can spend whatever you want - it's ordering your life in a way so God can spend you however He wants. 

Pride robs you of peace and joy. Humility grants you freedom. 

Perhaps you have experienced this. It affects your relationships and puts a terrible strain on marriages and families. It causes people to do things they know are wrong. And, it can be fatal.

It’s no wonder why God says that He resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Seek to be humble which is to be more like Christ. When we live with freedom from Christ, others can see it within us. It's both infectious and encouraging to be around someone confident in their identity from Christ, not shaken by status or comparison. Strive to be a steward of humility.  

Pride prevents you from progress. Humility prepares us to fulfill our purpose.

Have you ever decided to not ask for help just to save face? Pride can prevent us from asking for help and making progress by telling us we are fine to stay in the same place. Time.com's Paul Michael also says, “There is no shame in admitting you need help with managing your money. In fact, it's something you should embrace, and quickly.”

If King David had been too prideful to work as a shepherd, he wouldn't have become a man after God's own heart or had the confidence to defeat a giant. His humility kept him in the pasture where he developed the character to lead a kingdom and the integrity to be trusted by God. When we remain humble, God prepares us to fulfill the purpose He has for our lives. 

If shame or embarrassment has prevented you from seeking help with credit card debt, get in touch with Christian Credit Counselors. They have a wonderful team of Christian experts to help you pay off your credit cards quickly and with less interest. 

Chuck Bentley is the CEO of Crown, the largest Christian financial ministry in the world, founded by the late Larry Burkett. He is an author, host of My MoneyLife - a daily radio feature, and a frequent speaker on the topic of Biblical financial principles. Follow him on Twitter and visit Crown.org for more help.

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