Biblical Stewardship Resource Library

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Biblical Stewardship Resource Library

James 1:17

THE OUTWARD LIFE OF A STEWARD
Transferring Your Stewardship to Heirs

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

James 1:17 gives us a unique perspective on how we give. He says about God’s gifts, “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow (NASB).” Wouldn’t it be nice if every gift we would give to our children and loved ones would be both good and perfect? Unfortunately, in our attempt to show our love, our gifts may actually may end up doing more harm than good in the life of the recipient. Our love can be so overpowering that we fail to carefully evaluate what they will be gaining from our gift to what the gift might be taking away from them. We always want there to be more gain than loss in every gift we make. Think about it.