Over the last few days, I’ve noticed a new trend sweeping the internet: money management. No doubt this is due to the New Year and the desire to not scribble on a clean sheet. But this is one trend I can really get behind.
My husband has just spent the better part of three months writing down all the financial knowledge he’s gained from a major in accounting, a CPA license, a tax preparation course, and five plus years of on the job experience.
The result is Lessons in Personal Finance.com, a free blog dedicated to teaching people how to manage their money.
As Christians, responsible financing doesn’t just make good sense, it’s a Biblical mandate. We are called to be wise stewards over our lives and possessions, and that means money too.
Just like everything else we have, our money is a gift from the Lord. And like all other gifts, we should be using money as a tool to further God’s Kingdom.
Trouble is, it’s too easy to justify extra purchases in our society. It’s all about cheap thrills and instant gratification and we often don’t realize the true price of things. For example, did you know that a new Playstaion actually costs over $4,000?
There are a lot of simple, little things we can do to cut costs and budget more wisely. We can eat in more often, skip a few extra Starbucks runs, visit the library more often, etc. But I believe being a wise steward goes even beyond that.
Aside from being content and generous with what we have, we can learn how to make the most with our money. In the Parable of the Talents, Matt. 25:14-30, we see a clear example of wise and faithful servants putting their master’s money to good use. Yes, the parable is metaphorical; yes, it’s not about real money; but shouldn’t it pertain to every area in our lives, including finances? In Luke 16:1-9, Jesus tells how a master commended his money manager for acting shrewdly.
I won’t get into vow of poverty stuff here or whether or not being rich is sinful. The point I’m trying to make is that we should know how money works because it can be used as a powerful tool. And the more we have, the more we can give away.
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