Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Believers Answer to Money

Scripture: Matthew 6:20
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;

Insights: God’s retirement plan is—Invest in ME, you won’t be sorry!  Yesterday, I referenced an article from Crown Financial Ministries.  Let me return to it again and give you a Believers answer to money.  “The first is an obvious one -- stop borrowing. ‘The wicked borrows and does not repay, but the righteous is gracious and giving’ (Psalm 37:21). Borrowing isn't God's best for His people.  Next, start saving. ‘Precious treasure and oil are in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man consumes them’ (Proverbs 21:20). Today, spending and borrowing are promoted, and saving is discouraged. God's principles promote saving for future needs, not borrowing or using credit.  Then, avoid hasty decisions, and ignore the ‘buy now, before it's too late’ pitches. ‘The plans of the diligent certainly lead to profit, but anyone who is reckless only becomes poor’ (Proverbs 21:5). One of the best disciplines parents can teach their children is to work and save to reach a goal.  While these are simple steps, often excessive indebtedness makes life difficult. That's why it's so important to develop and live by a budget -- a financial plan. ‘Poverty and disgrace [come to] those who ignore instruction, but the one who accepts rebuke will be honored’ (Proverbs 13:18).  Christian families that live by sound biblical financial principles will demonstrate financial freedom for their children and help them grow up with the knowledge of how they should live by God's principles.  With consistent teaching and discipline it could take less than a generation to break the financial bondage under which so many Christians live. And, it would free them to fund the work of the Lord. After all, that's what Jesus is talking about in Matthew 6:33, ‘Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.’”  Did you catch the line about funding the work of the Lord?  Why do you think God gives you pay raises and good jobs?  Is it really for you to buy the next greatest toy?  Obviously not!  He desires you to surrender your heart to Him and serve Him with your finances.  God wants His money to go toward the evangelistic pursuits of His heart, which are reaching the lost for Jesus.  Beloved, SERVE HIM!

  1. Are you on an intentional plan to become debt free in order to be a better steward for God with His money?
  2. If I were to look at your bank transactions, would it be a testimony for you as one who is choosing the believers answer to money?
Prayer: Lord, You are the Owner and I am the steward.  Work within my heart to make it properly desire You and Your will as opposed to my selfish, self-seeking will.  Let me start today to honor You with my finances.  Amen.

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