Grow Closer to God: 5 Core Financial Principles
Help! Where do we go from here?
There is definitely a lot of bad news coming down the pike. From the United States’ massive fiscal problemsto potential defaults in Europe to the massive inflation and economic slowdown in red hot China. If you also consider the Japanese global supply restraints and the Middle East oil crisis, there really is a perfect financial storm brewing. Will it be a tropical storm or a category 5 hurricane? That is the question.
Bad times don’t have to beat you down. We serve a mighty God who can steer us through the storms. This doesn’t mean we will be bulletproof, but it does mean we can place our trust in Him rather than monetary instruments. This shouldn’t be an excuse for complacency and “sticking the mighty head in the sand”. Instead, it is a time to put our faith into action. We should seek to do all we can to proactively protect the wealth entrusted to us and leave it to God for the results.
He wants us to plan ahead for good times and bad. In our desire to multiply all the Lord has provided, this means we should be taking the extra steps to be wiser stewards in how we:
* Earn income
* Give generously
* Spend money
* Invest a surplus
By bringing our faith to the front and center, seeking wise counsel, and taking action, we have a better shot at producing positive results even while the world is falling apart. Have you noticed that there are two economies? The world’s and God’s? Where do you place your trust?
Most of us will be quick to respond “of course we choose God!” Yet, is this the way we live? If it is, why do so many Christ followers worry and fight so much about money? Why do most Believers not handle their money any differently than non-believers?
It all starts with your attitude
Many Christians are still stuck in the rut that money is the root of all evil. They look negatively at wealth and cite passages like:
Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. – Matthew 19:24