I have always dreamed of living a life free from financial struggles with all my needs perfectly met and at the same time use my money to the glory of God. Yes you probably may have dreamt of such too but truth is, many a times we all fall short; we are guilty of selfish living, we prefer to cat walk in our Louis Vuitton shoes rather than finance a helpless child through school, we are so concerned about our personal growth and development than that of our neighbour, we are quick to forget that we are blessed not just to feel or look blessed alone but also to be a blessing.
Some of us live by the motto “I have got it, I must spend it. If I want it, then I must have it. I suffered before getting it, so it’s for me alone.” Well while it’s not bad to satisfy the desires of our heart, it’s good to always remember to touch lives. If God blesses us, it’s not for ourselves only, it’s to be used for his glory. How much money you have really does not matter, what matters is honouring God with it in whatever you do. Here are a few practical tips.
- Remembering God is your source: “And God is able to make all grace abound towards you; that ye, always having sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8) God is the source of anything in your life including your money, rest in knowing that every of your need he will surely supply.
- Tithing: Yea we have heard this over and over again, but this is part of God’s commands (Malachi 3:10, Proverbs 3:9). Tithing is essential for our financial growth and it’s a major way of keeping God first in our lives.
- Giving: Give and it shall be given unto you (Luke 6:38). We all know the story of Lazarus and the rich man in the bible (Luke 16:19-24), the problem wasn’t that he was rich, the problem was that he was selfish, greedy, and didn’t use his wealth to help others. He didn’t care for poor Lazarus. Giving is about making sacrifices for others and deferring ourselves of something’s so others can benefit from it (1Timothy 6:7).
- Saving: “There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man spendeth it up.” (Proverbs 21:20) The Bible backs up saving and gives us principles on saving money (Proverbs 22:3, Proverbs 22:7, Psalm 37:21).
- Contentment: Learn to live a simple life, live within your means, be content with what you have and you will enjoy the peace that comes with it (1Timothy 6:6-8). Your self worth is not based on how many things you can accumulate or people you can impress, it based on who He says you are.