Rule #3 – Give All You Can.
Earning and saving aren’t the end; they point to a greater end. If you are just going to earn money to stash it away and not use it, you might as well bury it in the ground. To truly “make friends with worldly wealth,” you have to use the money. So, earn all you can, save all you can and – lastly – give all you can.
To understand this, think: when God brought us to life, and placed us in this world, he didn’t make us the owner, he made us the manager. God owns it all and entrusts us with it. You are his. All that you enjoy is his. Your body and soul are his. God has told you how to employ yourself for him – as a holy and living sacrifice, acceptable through Christ Jesus.
So, if you want to be a wise steward, do these things:
- Provide adequate food and clothing for yourself – the things you need.
- Provide the same for your whole household.
- If there is any left, help the church.
- If there is still any left, help all people.
- Everything given in this manner is given to God, not only by what you give to the poor but by what you use to meet your needs and the needs of your household.
If you ever have questions about spending, ask yourself these questions:
- Am I acting – not as an owner – but as a steward?
- Am I obedient to God? And in what scripture does he tell me to do this?
- Can I offer this expense as a sacrifice to God?
- Do I think that this expense will be rewarded by God?
Try this prayer if you still have questions:
- “Lord, you see what I am about to spend and in doing this I desire to act wholly as a steward of all you’ve given me, of all you have entrusted to me. You know that I want to obey you. So, let this be a holy sacrifice. Show me that I am acting according to your will.”
- If you can pray this is good conscience, do it and don’t worry about it.
So, that’s how to “use worldly wealth to make friends for yourself.” That’s the extent of Christian wisdom about money:
- Being diligent to use all the understanding God has given you to earn all you can without hurting yourself or others in body or soul.
- Saving all you can by cutting out everything that only satisfies your bodily desires, emotional desires, or your pride; and wasting nothing on yourself or your children.
- Giving all you can to God. So that, when the end comes, you will be rewarded for your good stewardship.
Can we be considered good stewards without managing God’s gifts? No! So why do we keep listening to the world’s advice on money management? Follow Jesus now! Stop being lazy! Jesus wants us
“to be smart in the same way—but for what is right—using every adversity to stimulate you to creative survival, to concentrate your attention on the bare essentials, so you’ll live, really live, and not complacently just get by on good behavior.” (Luke 16:9; MSG)