Would you like your money to stretch and go further? Do you want to be free from all the financial stress? Do you wish for that little bit of margin in case the brakes go out or the dishwasher breaks down? Have you wanted to find ways to give more to the causes God cares about?
That is God’s plan for you. He doesn’t want you to live in stress or fear or envy—but He wants you to rest and live in contentment.
But in order to discover this freedom, it’s going to take a commitment to God’s financial plan, which is a lot different than the message of this world. This world’s plan is: Make as much as you can so that you can have nicer stuff. The problem is, there’s always more and nicer stuff.
God’s plan is different. God isn't against making money—we all have housing, transportation, food, school, and kid’s sports to pay for. In fact, we wouldn’t have many churches, homeless shelters, or non-profits without Christians making money. But God’s plan can be summarized in one word: Contentment. Tithe the first 10% of your income, save the next 10%, and then pay off your bills and debt with the 80% leftover. Don’t grab at what you don’t have, but take joy in what’s around you—God will use your sacrifice and efforts to alleviate your stress.
God will never fail us in this way. He will never abandon us. He may point out a spending problem or an earning problem, and we may need to make some changes, but the Bible says God cares for us and He will provide for us. When we invite God into our finances and keep on praying over the cash flow, we can trust He will show up.
1. Are you completely satisfied with what you have? Or are you wanting more of something?
2. When this desire rises up, combat it with Hebrews 13:5: “Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you."
1 Corinthians 16:1-4
The Collection for Jerusalem
1 Now regarding your question about the money being collected for God’s people in Jerusalem. You should follow the same procedure I gave to the churches in Galatia. 2 On the first day of each week, you should each put aside a portion of the money you have earned. Don’t wait until I get there and then try to collect it all at once. 3 When I come, I will write letters of recommendation for the messengers you choose to deliver your gift to Jerusalem. 4 And if it seems appropriate for me to go along, they can travel with me.
5 Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said,
“I will never fail you.
I will never abandon you.”