Proverbs 3:9: “Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce.”
It is no secret that a large percentage of big-dollar lottery winners declare bankruptcy within a few short years of hitting it big. The number of professional athletes who struggle with finances despite making large sums of money is also staggering. Even the average American family is living paycheck to paycheck despite living in the most prosperous country in the history of the world. I firmly believe that the leading cause of money problems is a failure to acknowledge that God is the owner of everything and we are simply stewards of what God provides. When we have a biblical view of wealth and give back to God before looking to save, invest, or spend, we honor God with what is rightly His to begin with. How we honor God is also essential. When we give the best of what we have to other people, we declare that “things” don’t own us. God does. We are shouting that “things” aren’t the main thing. God must be the priority in your financial plans if you want to succeed in the long run. We honor God by giving our money, wealth, and possessions to the local church to support ministry in our community. We honor God by giving to missionaries and ministries glorifying God, making and growing disciples, and leading people to freedom in Christ. When Lyndsey and I worked on our debt-free plan, we prioritized giving because we knew God would provide for our needs. God could do more with 90% of our income than we could with 100%. He is a much better financial planner than we were! One primary goal in life is to be “reverse-tithers,” where we are giving away over 90% of our income. That will be an incredible day. Another way to honor the Lord with your wealth is to get your money behavior under control. A financial coach can help. Hey, I know one of those! Let’s chat.
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