Money Matters

Doesn’t everyone want to earn more money at one time or another? Whether it’s to keep up with the rising costs of living, purchase a car, or grow your business, don’t we all desire to earn more? After all, the Bible says in Luke 10:7 that a worker is worth [her] wages.

But before you decide to take on more hours at work, or look for ways to earn more money, take some time to meditate on these 4 Scriptures. They might lead you in a whole new direction, or change your perspective altogether.

  1. “Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.” (Psalm 112:5 NIV)

When you feel the “tug” of wanting to earn more money, let giving be at the heart of it. For we know that the Lord loves a cheerful giver and that He blesses those who bless others. So why not let generosity motivate us?

  1.  “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 NIV)

In all of our striving, let’s keep in mind who supplies everything we need. It can be quite tempting to work harder so that we can be successful on our own. But to be fully dependent on God is KEY to putting our finances into perspective. His riches are limitless!

  1.  “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” (Malachi 3:10 NIV)

This verse contains a beautiful promise for us…the promise of abundant blessing. We are even encouraged to “test” the Lord in this, by faithfully giving our first fruits to Him, then waiting in eager anticipation for His overflow of blessing. Isn’t that amazing?

Part of being a cheerful giver is being a good steward of our money. When we are always behind, or trying to make ends meet, we may think that tithing is the first thing to cut from the budget. But God promises to “throw open the floodgates” when we are faithful to tithe. Let’s handle our money wisely so that we will not struggle to walk in obedience to His principles.

  1.  “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve…” (1 Peter 5:2 NIV)

Just as giving is a good reason to want to earn more money, serving is equally as honorable. When we commit to using our God-given gifts to serve Him and others, we don’t have to worry about the amount of money we make. We might work harder to earn more, but our hearts will be focused on “doing unto others as we would have them do unto us.”

In reality, we all desire to earn more money. After all, we work hard for every dollar we make. So, let’s work just as hard to keep our finances in the proper perspective—God’s perspective. After all, He is our Source, our Guide, and the Ultimate Provider.

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Post by Ashley Winston

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