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The “10/10/80 Principle” is a stewardship challenge for the season of Lent.

What is Stewardship?

Has someone ever asked you to watch their kids? Are you responsible for managing an office or people on behalf of an employer? Do you have a financial advisor overseeing your investments? 

If you answered yes to any of these three questions, then you are or have been a steward. 

In general, to steward is to manage something on someone’s behalf. Whether a family member, friend, or employer asks you to watch over something, then you're stewarding—managing—whatever they entrusted to your care.

In the Bible, stewardship is another way of talking about how you live your life. In the New Testament, the word “steward” is rooted in the Greek word “oikonomos,” which means “the manager of a household."

If you were a steward in Ancient Greek culture, you were not the owner of the house. Instead  you would have been the manager of the house and the household affairs. From making sure the home was clean to managing the finances and perhaps servants, you would have managed everything on behalf of the owner.

In light of Bible verses about stewardship below, you’ll see that your life is not your own. Your life is on loan from God—regardless if you acknowledge this or not—and God calls you to steward everything about your life for his glory and the good of others. 

To help you see the duties of a steward in the Bible, let’s look at seven Biblical texts on stewardship that will give you a better idea of what biblical stewardship means.

Definition taken from https://get.tithe.ly/blog/stewardship-bible

What is Lent?

Lent is not exactly a regular celebration or practice taken up by most Christians today. So what is it? Lent is a period of time before Easter, 40 days to be more exact, where Christians take the opportunity to reflect and prepare our hearts and minds for the celebrations of Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday and continues six weeks up to Easter.

By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. As part of our recognition of what Jesus has done the general practice during Lent is to give up something for that period of time. This can range anywhere from giving up watching TV for that period, giving up a particular food or drink, giving up coffee (now there’s a challenge for many people), giving up social media (perish the thought), to many other things which help someone to recognize a personal level of sacrifice.

It’s a challenging period of time but done properly it’s also a very spiritual and impactful time.

What is the “10/10/80 Principle”? 

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As part of Lent, March 6th to April 21st, we wanted to provide and encourage people with a stewardship challenge - the 10/10/80 Principle.

The overall challenge of the 10/10/80 Principle is to understand how the handling of our finances as they relate to serving God and to life in general is always part of sacrificial living. Taking this challenge up during Lent can provide a wonderful time of focus for us to understand this.

So what do I/we do?

The idea is…

  1. Take 10% of your total income as a tithe to the work of the local church (First Moncton).

  2. Take 10% of your total income and apply it to your savings. Apply it to saving for the future.

  3. Take the remaining 80% of your total income and apply it to your regular living expenses.

It’s a simple as that. Commit to it for the 40 days of Lent and see how it goes. After that, it may become an impactful way of how you handle the stewardship of your finances and giving moving forward; trusting God to continue to meet all of your needs.

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:7