This week I was reading the new articles on The Gospel Coalition website. One of them was by Tim Challies entitled – 8 sins you commit when you look at porn.

Great article, but it got me thinking. God speaks far, far more about stewardship than He does about porn.

So I wondered – how many sins do we commit when we fail the test of stewardship?

I looked at Challies’ list and five of the eight he mentioned applied directly to stewardship. You could easily scratch out porn at the top and substitute – greed or poor stewardship because they apply equally well.

What sins do you commit when you are a poor steward?:


Colossians 3:5 tells us that greed is idolatry.

Matt Papa says this: “An idol, simply put, is anything that is more important to you than God. It is anything that has outweighed God in your life—anything that you love, trust, or obey more than God—anything that has replaced God as essential to your happiness.”

This was the problem of the Rich Young Ruler – ultimately his wealth was his god. That was what was truly important to him.

I think idolatry is the root sin involved in poor stewardship but there are others.


When the Lord berated the faithless servants in the parable of the talents He told them they were slothful.

As Challies said – We are called in all of life to “redeem the time,” to understand that we live short little lives and are responsible before God to make the most of every moment (Ephesians 5:16).

Sloth is laziness, an unwillingness to use God’s resources entrusted to us.

Ignoring the Holy Spirit

The Spirit of God tells us that all we have is from God and for God. To ignore this is to ignore the witness of the Spirit.


In Acts 5 – Ananias claimed to have given all the proceeds of a land sale to the Lord’s work. Peter said he lied to the Holy Spirit and to the Lord.

The assumption is that Christians are giving regularly to the work of the kingdom – but if you aren’t – be careful – the Lord knows.


This can come on many levels – such as not paying the full amount of our taxes or being dishonest in our business dealings.

Those five were the sins that directly corresponded to Challies’ list – but there are others. Here is just a few other sins you commit when you are a poor steward:


1 Timothy 6:9–10:

But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils.


1 Timothy 6:10:

It is through this craving [for money] that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.


In Philippians 4:11-12 Paul says:

I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. … In any and every circumstance, … facing … abundance and need.

Dissatisfaction with the level of resources entrusted to us is sin.


So many of the parables speak of using the resources of the Lord for ourselves instead of the kingdom.

We can be more concerned with living an easy life than seeing His kingdom come.

We can fail to use God’s wealth for God’s kingdom.

Living for this world

The story of the rich man and Lazarus teach us that riches make us see this world as all important when it is not.

There are many more as well.

What is my point?

When we commit an obvious sin like looking at porn we feel guilty and repent.

But – while stewardship is a subject that is found everywhere in the pages of Scripture and Jesus spoke more about the dangers of poor stewardship than He did on any other subject – most of us don’t fret too much over our poor stewardship.

We should.

When is the last time you repented of poor stewardship?