As I mentioned in my last sermon recap, I so appreciate hearing wellbeing and care being preached and practiced at our church. Last Sunday the topic of finances was discussed. (crickets??!). Almost everyone struggles with money, but no one discusses it especially within the church. God wants us to be financially free, for our sake of wellbeing. Handling money is a biblical principle and it’s something that God knows we all struggle with.
I feel like I was never good at handling money, until I met my husband and we worked together to be wise with what (little) we had by paying off debt, budgeting and saving for specific needs…. like getting a winter jacket or spending a weekend away at a B&B. To this day, I think people would be shocked at how little we spent in our first year of marriage. We do treat ourselves and our budgeting isn’t perfect by all means, but we work together and it’s a great feeling to really think and plan about what we are spending.
If you missed the sermon, you have to watch it HERE! I’ve done a bit of my own recap below, so feel free to glance at my notes. I hope it inspires you as much as it did Nick and I!
INTRO: A budget is desperately needed for followers of Jesus Christ. Do this by creating a margin in your life by understanding and following simple practices in your life. Being financially free is to be set free of slavery, put an end to arguing and fighting, reduce stress, worry and anxiousness and we are less likely to fall victim of idolatry that always comes from wanting more and holding on too tightly to what we have.
4 PRINCIPLES TO GAIN MARGIN FOR OUR BIBLICAL WELLBEING
- Plan your spending
You can’t just “wing it”, no more impulse buying or abandoning your budget to buy. Stay away from the easy way of purchasing such as credit cards, no money down/interest free ads and online shopping
Financial freedom is not determined by how much you make but how you spend what you make.
“TOO MUCH MONTH LEFT AFTER OUR MONEY”
- Setting aside for your future
Store up for emergency or hardship. 90% of people are not prepared for accidentals such as death, health concerns, car accidents, etc.
“DO YOU WANT TO BE WISE OR DO YOU WANT TO BE A SIMPLETON?”
- Learn to enjoy what we have
This is a principal of contentment. No more keeping up with the Joneses and comparing here and now pleasures/materialistic things to others.
5 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.” HEBREWS 13:5
- Give back to God
Not because God needs our money, but because of what giving represents. Where do you look for your source of provision? Who are you depending on? This is the principle of stewardship.
10 “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. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?” Luke 16: 10-11
When we give back to God, it’s a reminder that God doesn’t need our money, but he longs to see our hearts. Honour God with your wealth. If God can’t trust you with something so simple as money, why would He trust you with what He really cares about: His people.
CLOSE: God has promised us freedom if we follow principles in finances. Seek help and counselling in regards to finances, get assistance with tackling a budget and staying on track, take C4’s financial workshop to become better equipped, contact care ministers or elders of the church for prayer and guidance.