Stewardship Quotes

God’s Ownership and Man’s Stewardship

  • “It is an anomaly of modern life that many find giving to be a burden. Such persons have omitted a preliminary giving. If one first gives himself to the Lord, all other giving is easy.” — John S. Bonnell (1893-1992), pastor and author
  • “One of the greatest missing teachings in the American church today is the reminder to men and women that nothing we have belongs to us.” — Gordon MacDonald, American pastor and teacher

Human Prosperity and Poverty

  • “Watch lest prosperity destroy generosity.” — Henry Ward Beecher (1813-87), American abolitionist and clergyman
  • “We are rich only through what we give: and poor only through what we refuse and keep.” — Anne Swetchine (1782-1857), Russian-French writer


  • “Be charitable before wealth makes thee covetous.” — Sir Thomas Browne (1605-82), English writer
  • “I was happier when I was doing a mechanic’s job.” — Henry Ford (1863-1947), American industrialist


  • “I never would have been able to tithe the first million dollars I ever made if I had not tithed my first salary, which was $1.50 per week.” — John D. Rockefeller, Sr. (1839-1937), American industrialist and philanthropist
  • “You hear a lot of strange things about tithing. Some say it is a church tax, and they expect me to pay it and that is the end of it. Others say that when I give God one-tenth of my income, He blesses the nine-tenths that is left to the extent that the nine-tenths now goes as far as the whole thing used to go. This isn’t really true, is it? Suppose a farmer had 100 bushels of corn in the barn and he decides to plant 10 bushel in the ground. What multiplies? Is it the 90 bushels that he has left in the barn? Oh, no. All of us ‘farmers’ know it is the 10 bushels you put in the ground that multiplies. Similarly, it is the 10 percent you give to God that multiplies.” — Stanley Tam (1915-), American businessman and philanthropist


  • “Wealth shines in giving rather than in hoarding: for the miser is hateful, whereas the generous man is applauded.” — [Anicius Manlius Severinus] Boethius (480-524?), Roman statesman and philosopher and Christian martyr
  • “I was once young and now I am old, but not once have I been witness to God’s failure to supply my need when first I had given for the furtherance of His work. He has never failed in His promise, so I cannot fail in my service to Him.” — William Carey (1761-1834), Baptist missionary to India
  • “Things themselves do not remain, but their effects do. Therefore we should not be mean and calculating with what we have but give with a generous hand. Look at how much people give to players and dancers—why not give just as much to Christ?” — John Chrysostom (347-407), early Church father
  • “I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditures excludes them.” — C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), English author and scholar

Funding the Great Commission

  • “I will place no value on anything I have or possess except in relation to the Kingdom of Christ. If anything I have will advance that Kingdom, it shall be given or kept whichever will best promote the glory of Him to whom I owe all my hopes, both for time and eternity.” — David Livingstone (1813-73), English missionary and explorer of Africa
  • “I believe with all of my heart that God’s people possess God’s provision to accomplish and fulfill God’s purposes in the world.” — Joel Vestal, founder of ServLife International

Revival and Reformation

  • “The principal hindrance to the advancement of the kingdom of God is greed. It is the chief obstacle to heaven-sent revival. It seems that when the back of greed is broken, the human spirit soars into regions of unselfishness. I believe that it is safe to say there can be no continuous revival without ‘hilarious’ giving. And I fear no contradiction: wherever there is ‘hilarious’ giving there will soon be revival!” — O.S. Hawkins, U.S. Baptist pastor
  • “Liberality in giving is a good sign of a genuine revival.” — Thomas E. Peck (1822-93), American preacher and writer1

Eternal Reward

  • “If we believe heaven to be our country, it is better for us to transmit our wealth thither, than to retain it here, where we may lose it by a sudden removal.” — John Calvin (1509-64), French theologian and reformer
  • “I judge all things only by the price they shall gain in eternity.” — John Wesley (1703-91), English evangelist and founder of Methodism