Hillcrest Community Church
5994 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, MI 49319
The Bible talks more about how to manage money than even Heaven and Hell combined. Even as times of prosperity come and go, financial hardship for many is just a way of life. It is a continuous battle but it doesn’t have to be that way. God is great at making ways where there seems to be no way!!
One of the great deceptions of wealth is its false sense of security. If the stock market crashes, millionaires can become paupers in one day. Also, there will come a time when we will have to account for our lives before God; on that day our money will be utterly useless. Your riches won’t help you on Judgment Day; only righteousness counts then (Prov. 11:4 LB). A person whose hope is in riches is headed for a fall (Prov. 11:28). Only trust in God offers true security.
Still, God gives us a wealth of information to help us have the right attitude about achieving and managing financial gain. Much of it is found right in the book of Proverbs. All in all, the consistent message can be summed up in three main principles that apply to our finances.
First, we should recognize that whatever we have is not ours and is the result of God’s blessing. That means we should hold our money with an open hand and give generously. God expects us to honor Him with our wealth, returning to Him a portion of our first fruits (not what’s left over) by giving to His work on a planned, consistent and priority basis (Proverbs 3:9). Just so we’re clear—God doesn’t need our money; what He wants is our heart. Where your treasure is; there your heart is also!
Second, we should work hard, earning our money honestly and spending frugally. God hates dishonest business practices while he delights in those who conduct y their financial affairs with integrity and honesty (Prov. 11:1).
Third, we should save in the good times for the times of need—unemployment, college, retirement, an emergency or any time when our income might be reduced. He who gathers money little by little makes it grow (Prov. 13:11).
In a nutshell—work honest and hard; pay God first; pay yourself second (savings); then live on the rest. That is living within your means. Don’t spend what you don’t have. Save up money for big purchases rather than borrowing money. The borrower is slave to the lender. God doesn’t want us to be in financial bondage; He wants us free to be able to focus on the bigger picture.
Finally, there is a way for your money to keep working for God’s Kingdom long after you have been called home in glory with our Lord. Remember your church in your will. Many churches struggle with finances to do the ministries they feel called to do. You can help. The gift that keeps on giving for real! May God richly bless you in the powerful Name of Jesus, Amen!