“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
2 Corinthians 9:11
Money, money, money. If you trace a person’s finances, you will find what they treasure most. It’s true! I never really believed it until God asked me to be generous. First, it was simply giving to the church or a random person in need. Then it grew in amount and opportunity. It wasn’t the few bucks in my wallet anymore- it was the thousand I had saved. It was the car I owned. It was my clothing, my jewelry, and even the sweater off my back. What I found is my reluctance to give was a reluctance to let God control my money.
When God goes poking around in our finances, we get protective. “Who is He is tell me what to do with my money?!” Well, it is actually His money, not yours. You are simply a “bank,” holding the cash until He tells you what deposit or withdrawal to make. When you think of it that way, it feels a little scary! “But Erica– don’t we need savings for the future and college funds? And we have to feed our families and pay our bills, right? Certainly God doesn’t want me to live in poverty!”
Absolutely there are basic needs that our finances provide for, but we don’t get to choose those things either.This topic affects each and every one of us, so don’t tune out today. Whether we pay the bills or not, have a job or are unemployeed, are single or married, have no money or stacks of cash in the bank- God has an opinion and a truth to share with us about our finances.
1.) Without making excuses, take an honest assessment of your finances. How much goes to essentials- home, food, etc. How much goes to giving to the church? How much is allotted for giving outside the church? How much do you spend on things you don’t need or could cut back on?
2.) God gives to us so that we can give to others. He cannot use a closed-fist, only an open-hand. When you think about letting God be in charge of what you spend and where you spend it, how do you feel? What does God say about that emotion?
3.) It’s time to stop making excuses about why we over-spend & under-give. Today we take responsibility for the choices we make (or are being made for our family) and we pray for breakthrough and trust. Ask God to show you how your life would change if He made the financial decisions for you.