Believe it or not, God has a lot to say about money. Many think this is not true because of one verse they may know, or think they know, concerning money: “the love of money is the root of all evil.”
This is a multi-part series offering God’s tips on money. You can read Part I and Part II.
ATTEMPTING TO IMPRESS OTHERS WITH MONEY WILL HURT YOU
Many people don’t buy things out of need, but in order to impress other people. Proverbs 13:7 says, “One pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.” First, this should tell us that not everything we perceive about people is true. Second, pretending to be rich when you don’t have money will only hurt you. It will make you poor. Or as the Christian financial adviser Dave Ramsey says, “We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.” If we don’t have money for something that is not a necessity, we should not be spending that money.
GOD WANTS US TO FINANCIALLY INVEST IN OUR FUTURE
In Matthew 25, Jesus is using money as a parable. In other words, He is using money as an illustration to talk about something bigger than money – our spiritual lives. But He is speaking truth about money too. In Matthew 25:27 He says,”Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest.” Not only should we save, but we should invest in our future. Our hope is not in wealth (I Timothy 6:17), but that doesn’t mean that we squander what we have, and not make provision for the older years of our lives.
SAVE MONEY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
Some may struggle with this idea, because they are not even doing what they need to now for themselves, or for today. Let’s be clear, you should get your house in order first before you think about someone else’s. But saving for your child’s future or grandchild’s future is godly wisdom. Proverbs 13:22 says, “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinners wealth is laid up for the righteous.” Whether it be a college fund, or even saving for them through your own retirement account, saving for your children’s future is a wise, godly idea. The consequence of not saving is that this wealth will be handed to someone’s else.
Do you attempt to impress others with money you don’t have? Are you investing in your future, or just spending everything on today? Are you saving for your children and future generations of those in your family?
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