5 Bible Verses About Money Every Christian Should Know (Christian PF)
A great set of verses to start the day! I find a lot of peace in Phil 4:19. “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
There have been a number of times that I’ve beat myself up over our family finances. I was frustrated over debt, a lack of savings and investing and in general, just not being further along financially than what I felt like we should be.
It’s good to be concerned. At least at that point, you know you care about being a good steward. However, God certainly doesn’t want us to beat ourselves up about our finances. Rather, we should focus on our journey as stewards.
We can grow our faith when in the valley and experience challenges and set good examples for others when on the mountain top and things are going well.
In his book, Your Money Map, Howard Dayton reminds us of four key responsibilities of the faithful steward. They serve as good questions to gauge our financial stewardship.
“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” (1 Corinthians 4:2)
It doesn’t matter how much we have. God has entrusted us to manage a certain amount. Your amount may be different from your neighbor’s amount, but God has asked you to be wise with what you have.
This is a tough one, but we have to be content with our situation. When we’re ready, God will entrust us with more.
God desires us to be faithful with all the money he’s entrusted to us. A lot of people feel like they should only focus on the giving part (1o% tithe), but God has asked us to be faithful in a number of other areas that people tend to forget about.
Howard Dayton provides the following guidelines to be 100% responsible:
Those are a lot of areas to consider, but money is involved in pretty much every area of life. The steward’s responsibilities expand much further than simply giving.
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” (Luke 16:10)
If we are faithful with little things God may entrust us with bigger responsibilities. If you think about it, how people manage just a few dollars is a good indication of how they will manage a lot of money. In other words, if you can’t hardly hang onto $10 without spending it, you’ll probably have the same experience with $1000.
“Think about it. How do you know if a child is going to take good care of his first car? Observe how he cared for his bicycle.” – Howard Dayton
I’m glad Howard Dayton pointed out this area of responsibility in his book. Taking care of other people’s stuff is something we don’t often think about as being the responsibility of a financial steward, but it’s very important. This applies when we borrow something from our neighbor, stay elsewhere such as in a hotel and even in the use of office supplies at work. God looks to us to be responsible in our use and care of all resources that belong to Him.
As I mentioned, God doesn’t want us to beat ourselves up about our financial situation and when we’re down in the valley.
All too often we focus on achieving the more well – know financial milestones (getting out of debt, maxing out our retirement contributions, building our emergency savings, etc.), but we forget about adhering to our daily responsibilities as faithful stewards.
Achieving financial freedom is a journey and doesn’t occur over night.
If we are doing our best to fulfill our responsibilities as God’s stewards, we can find peace and comfort in that God will fulfill his responsibilities and provide for our needs during the journey.
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
What do you think about these four responsibilities?
“God owns everything; this reality should be central to every financial decision that we ever make.”
Is Savings Biblical? (Compass)
Did you know that the only way we can biblically save is when we are also giving generously?
Steady Plodding (Compass)
You don’t have to invest or save a lot. You just have to be consistent.
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