Faithfulness, contentment, sacrificial giving are three pillars for money management -God’s way.
Together, the words don’t sound as catchy as “money money money” but together, they can favorably transform your financial condition.
Consider the money principles below for a biblical understanding of wealth and money.
1. If you lose sight of the source of your blessings, you may lose hold on the possession of your blessings.
“But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.” (Deuteronomy 8:18)
2. Be content with what you have.
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5)
3. “There are no overnight successes with God.” Signed: Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and David.
“Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labor shall increase.” (Proverbs 13:11)
4. Put your money where your heart is by pouring resources into spreading the gospel through means such as sponsoring or becoming a missionary, sharing literature, or donating to ministries that are doing more.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:19)
5. Debt sucks. Avoid it like the plague.
“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” (Romans 13:8)
6. Think of tithe like a parent teaching their teen fiscal responsibility- the teen’s money isn’t going to break dad’s budget but learning this responsibility will make the teen’s character.
“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” (Malachi 3:10)
7. A heavenly mindset will outshine material wealth. Stay focused.
“A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.” (Psalms 37:16)
8. Be gracious and generous with what God has given you to care for others.
“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” (1 Timothy 5:8)
9. Before any income is spent, take out that 10% for God. “Give God what’s right, not what’s left.” And God will bless the rest. (You have to do it to believe it.)
“Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.” (Proverbs 3:9 – 3:10)
10. Don’t be stingy. It’s unbecoming of a Christian.
“Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.” (Matthew 5:42)
11. God’s favor will make you a giver and not a taker.
“The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.” (Deuteronomy 28:12)
12. You get what you give.
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” (Luke 6:38)
13. Thou shalt not steal. Pay those debts back.
“The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.” (Psalms 37:21)
14. Rich or poor, cashier or CEO, God loves us all and presides over all of us. What you do with your resources reflects if you love Him too.
“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold. The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.” (Proverbs 22:1 – 22:2)
15. The only thing we can take to Heaven is our character. Invest in developing a good one. Everything else will sort itself out.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)