Faith & Finance: Using Resources Wisely

His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
Matthew 25:21–28

In this parable as told by Jesus himself, a master is addressing his servants whom he entrusted with different values of “talents”, or money while on a journey. There is so much wisdom to be gained from this story, I encourage you to read the entire chapter.

Perhaps most notably, is the reminder that each individual has been entrusted with different resources – resources of time, abilities and resources of material wealth. Everything we have comes from God and belongs to Him. We have a choice each and every day – do we invest those resources to further the Kingdom? Or are they “hidden in the ground”?

As Christians, we have additionally the most valuable resource of all – the Word of God. If we believe and understand Him, and apply His Word as good stewards, we are a blessing to others and the value of what we do multiplies.

Have you buried your talents? Grab a shovel…

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Faith & Finance: Plans of the Diligent

The Bible has plenty to say about making plans. Clearly God is a planner, and He desires his children to make plans, as well.

The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. Proverbs 21:5

How does planning affect our finances?

Planning a budget keeps our spending on track. Planning a menu helps us eat at home more. Planning a shopping list with matching coupons saves money.

The simple plans we make today can have a major impact on our financial future. Setting up college or retirement funds. Obtaining life insurance. Making a plan to pay off debt.

Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3

Start with one small plan at a time.

How does planning help you become a better steward?

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Faith & Finance: Earning Money

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One of the first concepts I strive to teach my children about money is how we actually get it. A young child may believe that the bank or the ATM “gives” us money. Or perhaps they believe a piece of plastic will buy whatever we need.

While we as believers can trust in God’s faithful provision, we must also be diligent earners. When children grasp that earning money comes through work, they are learning one of God’s first commands.

God established work while Adam and Eve were yet in the Garden of Eden. God invited them to join him in the ongoing act of caring for creation. Work before the fall of Adam and Eve is a blessing, not a curse. All work has dignity.

For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10

Here, Paul petitioned to the church to follow his example of avoiding idleness.

I have worked for as long as I can remember. Not just for the sake of earning money, but also by assisting my mother with my younger sisters and household duties as a child. Later as a single mom, I supported myself and my daughter with a full time job. Today, my job is at home.

How do you teach your children about the value of work?

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