Simplify Your Life: Manage Your Money God’s Way
God has entrusted every person with three primary resources—time, money, and relationships. How we manage these resources determines not only our quality of living, but also whether or not we fulfill God’s highest plan for our lives. We’ve recently talked about managing our time, so I’d now like to focus on managing our material resource, which is better known as money.
Few things can complicate your life more completely than problems in the area of finances. The good news is that God wants you to prosper in every area of your life, including finances.
God’s Word has a lot to say about resource management. In fact, the Bible says more about this issue than any other subject. Before we begin talking about how to manage our resources, we have to agree on the objective for doing so. The driving force behind effectively managing our finances must be to maximize the amount of money we have available to plant seed in the kingdom of God. We must strive to sow as much seed as we possibly can into the preaching of the Gospel. Manage your material resources to this end, and God promises to bless you in every area of your life. This must be the driving force behind our resource management.
Just as time management began with the planning phase, so does money management. You need to sit down and begin arranging the money that you have into a plan that will enable you to accomplish your desired purpose. The planning phase can be divided into three categories: generating an income, the tithe, and expense management.
Generating an Income
In Ephesians 4:28 it says, “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.” That word labor is defined as “a diligent, consistent effort.” This is God’s way for you to generate an income. He wants you to be hardworking and persistent in your vocation.
Unfortunately, a lot of folks punch the clock in the morning, do as little as they can during the day, and leave early in the afternoon. That’s not God’s way. You won’t have Him involved in your financial life until you’re making a diligent, consistent effort at that which is good. Once you’ve done this, you will have something to manage and you can begin to initiate a responsible financial management plan.
What’s the next phase of money management? Tithing. I’ll share more about that in my next blog post.