Welcome to another Wishful Wednesday- wishing I had gotten the blog out on Truthful Tuesday!
With this week being my first back to school, things have been a little busy! This post, I wanted to talk about something that I feel can be easily overlooked in our walk in faith- spending our money biblically. Myself included, it can be so easy to not consider our money relevant to the Christian Life, but it’s one of the biggest resources we have, and it’s all God’s.
As we look into how to spend our money biblically, there are many aspects. First, tithing. Everything we have is God’s- period. We didn’t earn our money by ourselves, we earned it by His grace. Anything you have, He has given. Tithing is a great first step to look at if you don’t know where to start. If you don’t know what this means, tithing is giving an amount of your earning to growing God’s kingdom. This could look like putting a percentage of your income into the offering basket every month, giving it to a Bible translation, supporting a child, etc. After all, if it’s not for the glory of God, what’s it all for?
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
One great tactic that I have been using lately is a money journal. It’s nothing special, but in a notebook, I write down every transaction that I earn and spend. I save every receipt, so nothing is ever lost, and everything has to be justified. This really has helped me see where my money is going. Before, it was so easy to just swipe my card and not think about it. At the end of each month, I total the amount and percentage that has gone to each category (gas, groceries, Kingdom, could’ve been avoided). It’s crazy humbling to see how much of your money actually went towards the Kingdom.
Having money/earning your maximum potential is not bad! One thing that was said on a panel at CROSS Conference that really stuck with me was a quote by Thabiti Anyabwile. Now I am paraphrasing, but he said to go and make as much as you can and use it all for the glory of God.
It’s all about how you spend it, so please don’t misread what I wrote. Work hard, earn what you can, and give back to God.
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
Think about it all this way: our sole purpose on this earth is to expand the kingdom of God. It is not my job to tell you how to spend your money, nor is there a clear picture how. My job is to challenge you with this question: are you using everything you have been given to live out that purpose? When you get to Heaven, God won’t check your bank account. This may sound silly and obvious, but really think about that. Everything of this earth will vanish, and all that will matter is how you made disciples. (I can’t bold that sentence enough.)
Have comments, questions, or just want to talk? Head on over to the ‘Contact’ page! This is process of continual learning and sacrifice, and I sure don’t claim to have it all figured out. My prayer is that I can help you and help myself with what I do know to be biblically true.