Our current economic times have certainly caused us to reevaluate our priorities when it comes to our finances. All of us have discovered areas where we may have “wasted” our money. It is important that we learn from our mistakes and take corrective action to avoid future waste. The Bible contains several examples of stewards wasting what had been placed in their care. Luke 16:1 speaks of the steward who had wasted his master’s goods. It is said of the prodigal son that he “wasted his substance with riotous living.” (Luke 15:13)

When we evaluate our spending, it is important that we identify what truly is wasteful. The disciples, for example, incorrectly identified Mary’s breaking of the alabaster box of precious ointment for the Lord as being wasteful. Jesus was quick to rebuke them, saying, “Why trouble ye the woman? For she hath wrought a good work upon me.” (Matthew 26:10) We must remember that anything done for the Lord is not wasteful but rather eternal. Anything done for the Lord will carry absolutely no regret.

Take some time this month to examine where your money is going. Ask yourself,

“Am I a wasteful steward?”

If you find yourself answering yes to this question, make the necessary changes and return to the life of faithful stewardship.

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Fred Slye

Fred Slye, Business Manager

As a single military man, Brother Slye began attending NVBC. Not long after, he was married, and in 1985 he came on staff as the maintenance director for the church. His responsibilities have varied over the years. For the past many years, he has served as the business manager, overseeing the finances for this entire ministry.