managing money with God: His role in our finances

One of our most prominent universal worries is money. I wish that wasn’t the case, and we could all live in this magical utopia where money was irrelevant and we all lived contently, but that’s a little too far-fetched.

As with any burden we bear, we turn to God for answers and comfort. We seek His guidance so we act according to His will. We pray that He is leading us down a fruitful path. Like it or not, many of us will end up mentioning money amidst time with God. If it’s on the forefront of our minds, we’ll inevitably give it to Him.

How should we talk about money with God? Is it even appropriate to discuss finances with God? How should we use our resources to fulfill His purpose for us? All are great questions, so let’s dive right in.

what the Bible says.

If we dig into His Word, we’ll find that God never necessarily promises us monetary wealth. He won’t free us from debt, or make us rich, or ensure we’re financially secure.

God also doesn’t manipulate with money to designate who is “worthy” and who isn’t. That was the common belief in biblical times: great wealth was a sign of God’s favor, and poverty was God’s punishment for sin. However, this is not the case, not then and not now.

Just think of the parable with Lazarus the beggar, and we can clearly see that God rewards those with loving hearts. Jesus told the story, and in Luke 16:25, he mentions how the rich man begs for mercy, “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.'”

Long story short, don’t think that God uses wealth as a sign of His favor. He gives the same love to all. And no matter what our circumstances might look like, He will take care of us. Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Have faith He’ll take care of all of us.

Yes, there’s immeasurable poverty, hunger, and pain in our world, but this is a sign of oppression and hate, a misuse of power and money. We should all be uplifting and loving one another, and if we’re in the position to use our money to uplift the poor and discriminated, that’s exactly what we should do.

when in doubt, give.

The most important idea to consider when associating money with God is the act of giving. He is our provider, and money is a tool we can utilize to glorify Him. Striving for and earning wealth holds an important responsibility for us to be wise and thoughtful.

Jesus was very clear in His views about money. He saw wealth as a gift from God to be used in His service. Those who have been blessed with wealth must share generously with the poor and avoid the sins of arrogance, dishonesty, and greed. Acts 20:35 says, “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work, we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

This is where tithing comes in. By automatically setting aside 10 percent of our income for worship and charitable causes, regardless of the number of dollars we might have, sets our mindsets toward Him. Tithing may not be a requirement, but it can be a bench-marker for us to give as God intends.

That other 90 percent of your money matters, too, because it all was given to you by God. Hold onto that income loosely, learn to be content with what you need to survive, and once your needs are met, look toward God and your struggling neighbors near and far.

more than money.

Money will never replace the wealth that comes from God’s grace. Jesus dying for us on the cross is priceless. While it’s okay to discuss money with God, we must put that money into a greater context.

Your finances are one piece of the puzzle. The inner breath of the Holy Spirit is the truest, most treasured worship of God, but in all our breath touches, that too is worship. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” The way we worship with money matters.

It’s very easy to become dead-set on money and possessions and monetary wealth and success. Isn’t that the “American dream”? We picture the perfect house, a six-figure income, a stream of money to go on shopping sprees… Whatever way we can achieve that dream in the easiest, fastest way possible, and everybody will be jumping on the opportunity.

All of that will never truly satisfy us. We’ll always seek more. We’ll reach goals of status and financial gain, and we look inward only to realize we’re the same person. All of those problems and insecurities we worried about didn’t magically go away. We’re still empty. We’re still longing for something.

That something is faith and spirituality of some kind. Whatever you’re drawn to. It’s realizing your purpose is much more than making money and buying the most expensive products. This truth is illustrated in 1 Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” Money can easily become a master ahead of God, but we must mindfully put God before everything else.

Money can be so stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. If we manage money with God in mind, we are constantly given the decision to be faithful. We can easily choose to keep seeking more and living above our needs, but why not be content in what God has already provided? Why not turn greed into generosity?

You can be “rich” right now: just change your mindset. Notice what God has already blessed you with. Practice gratitude and be content with what is, and give to those who need it. Manage money with God as a priority. You might be surprised with the potential He has for that money and the joy you could receive from giving.

How do you associate money with God? How does He influence your financial decisions?

Take care, and keep the faith. -Allie

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