This is a post where I feel like sharing some Jesus-like teachings. You have heard that it was said … but I tell you. However, I think that might come across a touch blasphemous, which is not a good strategy for a person who writes from a Biblical perspective. But, unfortunately, often my writings are preaching the the choir.
Who are you?
You are a person who is conscientious about your finances. Otherwise you would not be online reading about finances. Photo by troismarteaux
You are a person who is conscientious about your faith. Otherwise, you would not be seeking Christian financial advice.
You are a person who knows someone who is horrible with their finances. I suspect we all have a friend or relative that we would like to strap into a chair and say, “Read this!” “I am not going to let you up until you do”. We want desperately for them to ‘see the light’.
A common thing I hear is, “Craig, I don’t make or have a lot of money, but when I do I would like to start reading the material”. It is like saying, “You know, I would like to start to exercise and diet, but I think I will wait until I lose some weight first and then I will exercise and diet.”
Here are four reasons why poor money managers should read this blog:
- Your ignorance and lack of knowledge has not helped you. Ignorance may be bliss, but it certainly is not a good teacher. Ignorance means you learn nothing new, and as a result you change no actions. As a result, your tomorrow produces the same results as today. If you want to improve your financial situation you need to educate yourself with fundamental lessons that are necessary for financial advancement.
A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength. (Proverbs 24:5 NIV)
- He who has little will be entrusted with little. I don’t know which came first – the chicken or the egg, but a poor money manager who started out rich will end up poor and a poor money manager who started out poor will end up poor. Unfortunately, some people tend to perform to the lowest expectation. They will never see advancement. When we poorly oversee the little wealth that God offers, why do we expect God will then extend more?
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. (Luke 16:10 NIV)
- To be the best steward possible. Whatever we have is a trust from God. How we manage our resources (money and beyond) reflects our consideration and consciousness of the actual owner.
“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. (Matthew 25:14 NIV)
- Avoidance and lack of discipline will likely cause a financial problem. Those same characteristics will keep you in debt or behind financially. Until we decide to take financial action we cannot expect any better results.
Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. (Proverbs 10:4 NIV)