Over the course of living working is the most natural way to earn money and by working hard we acquire compensation and a means to provide food for our stomachs. But labor and earning money is a process easy enough to understand, what makes it a bit complicated is how to be able to spend it wisely while also being able to spend it on things that are substantial to our everyday living.
Considered to be a timeless tome, the Bible has a lot to say about how to handle your finances and how to manage them even in this modern life we are living in today.
Also, the Evangelical church in Dubai is keen to enlighten us with this through the teachings of the Bible. Knowing that the Bible itself has a lot of wisdom to impart in terms of living a satisfying and practical life based on the principles of the Lord, so when embracing the knowledge fully, then we become what we truly seek in the light of God’s morals.
- “Since my money is God’s money, every spending decision I make is a spiritual decision.” John Hagee
- “Pray a little more, work a little harder, save, wait, be patient and, most of all, live within our means. That’s the American way. It’s not spending ourselves into prosperity or taxing ourselves into prosperity.” Mike Huckabee
- “Today Christians spend more money on dog food than missions.” Leonard Ravenhill
- “Don’t tell me where your priorities are. Show me where you spend your money and I’ll tell you what they are.” – James W. Frick.
The Bible modestly reminds us that what we receive is from God as told in Deuteronomy 8:18, “Remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth.” Each of what we have received in our lives are blessings from God and we should also know to properly give Him thanks for everything He is providing us with.
To be practical in life is also a skill to be cultivated, so in proper preparation for the future, the Bible also indicated that we need to save for our children’s future as said in Proverbs 13:22, “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.” It is without a doubt that as a proper family man, we should also take notice of those we leave behind, who will lead in the future. Our children’s children should be well off enough with an inheritance that they could also start living on their own.
When it concerns to borrowing money, the Bible highly discourages it and exemplifies your own financial ruin, Proverbs 22:7, “The poor are always ruled by the rich, so don’t borrow and put yourself under their power.” This statement advises us not to put ourselves in a situation where we know we could be indebted to another person, in terms of matters relating to money.
The Bible says that we also need to spend less than what we earn because being content with what you initially have is a path to peaceful living. If we are content with what we have, gaining control on how and what to spend your money on would considerably be easier for the years to come. By this, you can also avoid overspending on trivial things that may not be of use to you. Philippians 4:12, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
To be greedy is to be sinful, and having intense lust for all things connected to gaining power and money is greed. We must strive to be rid of it. Hebrews 13:5, “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.”
With all the blessings we currently receive, the Bible also encourages us to be considerate of others and to be generous as well. To be a good steward and give what the heart decides to give, not out of obligation or the essence of being reluctant on giving. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7, “The point is this; ‘whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
Let us be wise on how we spend our money. Also, by keeping this principle to heart, we can easily lead a life of peacefulness and simplicity.
Robin Vinz Salvador
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