HE LONGS TO BE PART OF YOUR FINANCES
Everything we have comes from God. He owns it, and He entrusts it to us to use for His purposes. A steward is one who manages the belongings of another. The money that God has put into our wallets and into our bank accounts is not ours to waste. Following God’s plan for finances is the secret for true financial success. As we do this, He will provide for all of our needs.
God offers countless principles to make your life incredibly great. He is interested in the money you earn and how you choose to spend it. If you approach your finances as a gift from God, you can learn about His ways.
• God uses money to demonstrate His faithfulness. Moses reminded Israel that it was God who would give them the power to make wealth. (Deut. 8:11-18) Your security is in God, not in your bank account. Discovering His faithfulness through your financial needs encourages your reliance on Him in every area of life. Be careful not to confuse your needs and your wants.
• God uses money to stimulate your prayer life. Jesus teaches three intensity levels of prayer: asking, seeking, and knocking. (Matt. 7:7-8) Some financial matters will be answered at the first two levels, while others will require a deeper level of prayer – utilizing not only your time and energy but persistence and repetition. This financial stress can deepen your prayer life.
• God uses money to reveal your need of the Savior. The management of money potentially can provoke sinful attitudes and behaviors in life – similar to swatting a hornet’s nest. Paul taught that “those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” (Rom. 8:8) No one is perfect. God uses money to demonstrate your daily need for the Savior, Jesus Christ.
God uses money to cultivate self-control. One of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control, a key aspect of successful money management. Don’t make it a habit to buy any and everything that your heart desires. Have the discipline to deny yourself while keeping a good attitude.“ Like a city that is broken into and without walls is a man who has no control over his spirit.” (Prov. 25:28)
• God uses money to clarify your life values. Many temptations will clamor for your attention. You can tell a great deal about your spiritual maturity by how you spend your money. Jesus said, “But, seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matt. 6:33)