Luke 16: 1 & 2
And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.
We have learnt that our Father gives us our resources in the form of seeds and that He expects us to identity and value this seed. He provides abundantly above what we can think, imagine, or ask. If at any point that does not seem to be our reality, then we must check to be sure we have not neglected some resources (just because they are in seed form) instead of nurturing and growing them to produce the desired.
Now, we show value for our resources by not being wasteful. No one in their right senses would carelessly use/treat what they treasure the same way as things of little value.
Waste, in the general sense, is converting our resources to a form or state in which it is of no value to our work or assignment.
Waste is committing resources to unneeded areas or less important areas, instead of areas that need them. Having value for your resources implies using resources for exactly what the Father intends.
I recall the story of Kenneth Haggin, who was warned by God of an upcoming economic recession and instructed on how to ensure he does not get affected by it. Part of the instructions given was that he was to close the counselling school. Though the school was changing lives, it was not part of the assignment. To put funds in there was a waste of resources. Had he not obeyed and closed the school as instructed, his available resources would have seemed insufficient during the recession, although it was more than what he needed for that time.
If resources are wrongly used, it leads to scarcity as though it was not sufficient. Let us revisit the event in Genesis 41. Within the harvests of the seven years of plenty was their sustenance for the next seven years. Had they been wasteful during the period of abundance, they would have suffered from the famine, just like every other region on the earth. If they had not identified the treasure and valued it -by not wasting it, they would have been in want during the famine.
Show your value for your resources by using it for its intended purpose.
2 Corinthians 6: 1 Companions as we are in this work with you, we beg you, please don’t squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us. (MSG)
John 6: 11 & 12 Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks, He distributed to the disciples and the disciples to the reclining people; so also [He did] with the fish, as much as they wanted. When they had all had enough, He said to His disciples, Gather up now the fragments (the broken pieces that are leftover), so that nothing may be lost and wasted. (AMPC)