Finishing out our final part of our Life. Money. Legacy. series, we tackle the topic of a Biblical View of Wealth. What does the Bible have to say about our handling of finances, money and wealth?
1 Timothy 5:8 says, “If anyone does not provide for his own, and especially his own household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” So the first place to start is your own home and family. Take care of our household first. And when you live on a budget, pay off debt, live within your means there beings to grow margin. Then the natural progression is to being to look toward the future.
Proverbs 29:18 tells us, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” What is your vision for the future? Do you think about, save for, or prepare for your retirement? Dave breaks down some basic and simple says to begin saving for the future if you have not yet started. Then after the future is starting to be taken care of, you can widen your perspective into thinking about your family.
Proverbs 13:22 says, “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.” It is biblical to save for an inheritance for your children and your children’s children. This is more than money. Deuteronomy 30:19 tell us, ” I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.” Are you right now choosing life so that your descendants may live? Your choices in your life will directly effect your future family tree. There are so many examples around the world today of father and father’s fathers that have not chosen life and the children and family are directly paying for those choices.
Then after choosing life your perspective moves wider into thinking about the Kingdom of God. 2 Corinthians 9:7 says, ” God loves a cheerful giver.” When you live on a budget, spend less than you make, save and invest for the future, choose life for your descendants, your perspective of what God is doing around the world begins to come into focus. And, Lord willing, there is extra blessing of finances that God has asked us to manage for Him.
These finances that we are to manage are to be used for His glory. You and I have to opportunity to change the world for God. How will we choose to manage what God has given us? Will it be for God’s glory or for our own?
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