The early 1900s comedian, Will Rogers once said, “Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people that they don't like.” I am sure many of us would agree his observations still hold true today some one hundred years later.
Acquiring, handling, and spending money began for many of us with a childhood allowance. I remember scraping together a few dollars every couple of months to buy the latest video game or movie to bring to a sleep over or birthday party. I am sure you can think of similar experiences as a child and even as adults, which reminds me that much of our lives concerns how we manage money.
In fact, the Bible has over 800 verses discussing money—how we acquire, handle, spend, save, and invest it. However, the best word to describe the Bible’s view on money is stewardship. In other words, money is something God has given us to manage for His honor, His glory, and His praise. That means we can’t be stuck in a heap of debt. That means we have to be generous to others as God leads and directs.
But some of you might be asking: Why should how we handle our finances be part of our faith core? Does the stewardship of our money really have ramifications for other areas of our lives?
Jesus makes a fascinating statement about this very thing in Matthew 6:21. He says, “ Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be” (NLT).
Let that sink in for a moment, and notice what he didn’t say. He didn’t say, “Where your heart is, there your treasure will be also.” He said the opposite, which messes a little with our paradigms of how we handle money. That’s not to say we don’t put money in places we love. We do that all the time. But Jesus also reminds us that we can tug our hearts toward certain things by where we place our treasure.
So do you want a greater heart for missions or the poor? Well then Jesus says, “Put your treasure there.” Or maybe you want to tug your heart away from certain areas. Well then Jesus says, “Put your treasure somewhere else.”
How we handle and steward our treasure—our finances, resources, investments—is an integral part of our faith cores, and the best place to engage with God’s plan for how we are to steward our money is Financial Peace University. This group is masterfully crafted to help you get out of debt, save for the future, and give with tremendous generosity and wisdom.
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