Truly enlightened economic gurus will probably make a case against what I’m going to say.
Here’s the single best piece of financial advice I can give – seek first his kingdom and his righteousness.
Some young people are being encouraged to choose careers that pay the best and offer the best opportunity for growth in industries that are emerging.
Instead, I suggest taking God at his Word and seeking first his kingdom and his righteousness.
Lots of people give an unhealthy priority to the dollar.
They seek first job security and bonuses. They seek a dignified retirement with a few side luxuries. They seek notoriety and fame.
But, by doing these things, we give far too much allegiance to the dollar.
Indeed, seeking first the kingdom of God can result in security, bonuses, dignified retirement, side luxuries, notoriety, and even fame. That was indeed the case for people like Daniel or Abraham.
But those things were not the focus; they were the byproduct of their commitment to God.
Six years ago, my family moved to PNG. We did that because we felt a sense of call to that work and had a burden on our hearts. Other than securing the needed finances to provide for our family, we didn’t make a lot of financial considerations about the move. We didn’t think about how it would affect retirement. We didn’t think about the housing market. We just moved because other things were the primary driving force.
Now here’s the interesting thing.
When we went to PNG, the exchange rate was .33. That means .33 US cents would buy one PNG Kina. Now it’s around .45. When it comes to buying a home and selling a home, that makes a big difference. Between the value of real estate and positive currency shift, we’ll be able to trade our home in PNG for one in the States.
Buying the home in PNG when we did was probably one of the best financial decisions we’ve ever made.
Actually, we didn’t make a financial decision. We made a life decision where we gave God priority, and he blessed the situation. Had I tried to make a smart financial decision, we’d probably have lost a lot of money in the process.
It’s strange that we didn’t set out to make a wise financial decision, but God worked something out for us.
Still, I should mention that I know for a lot of missionaries there is little financial benefit and blessing. There are lots and lots of missionaries who are struggling because of the weakening dollar and the impact on their finances.
I believe they are still doing the right thing.
Because they gave preference to the kingdom of God and his righteousness. That’s not part of what matters. It’s the only thing that matters.
How would your life be different if you ran every decision (financial and otherwise) through the question filter – is this seeking first the kingdom of God? Am I giving God or myself priority in this decision?
My prediction is that you might not end up with more money if you apply this piece of financial advice, but that’s not what matters. What you will end up with is a life that honors God and a life that makes a truly valuable contribution towards the kingdom of God.