October 30 – The Poor Millionaire – Stewardship

Read 1 Peter 4:10

I once saw a picture online that read, “I know they say money doesn’t fix all your problems. However, part of me wants to come to that conclusion on my own.”

Money is one of those hot topics that can make or break a person, couple, nation…etc. It remains one of the biggest areas of tension for couples and many people, myself included, have dreamed of the day that they cash in a big paycheck and many of the obstacles in their life fade away.

I praise God that I was raised in a modest household. We didn’t have a lot but we had enough. We never had the nicest things and we all were totally okay with it. As I grew up, I remained a frugal person and married a spender who will quickly tell you likes the finer things in life. We learned that we needed to meet in the middle. I shouldn’t be afraid to spend money while she needed to learn how to wisely spend money. Even now, we are still working out our dynamic.

Regardless of any dynamic, one thing is apparent and even a command from God: we need to be wise stewards of what He has given us.

As Kelly and I looked at our budget and where money was going, we knew we weren’t being morons with our money. At the same time, we wouldn’t say we were being “wise stewards” of our money. We weren’t going above and beyond to honor the Lord through how we handled what He entrusted to us.

Kelly and I are blessed with incredible people around us who encourage us to be wise stewards of our finances. At the time of this writing, Kelly and I are among the many people taking Financial Peace University here at Grace Church. Currently, we are working on paying off debt but we have caught the vision for what can happen if we stick to the proven plan and are diligent.

I know, for many, money stresses people out. Trust me, I know. When we would spend $25 as a family at Chic-fil-a, I would cringe at the thought of the money being spent. Don’t get me wrong, I call Chic-fil-a “The Lord’s Chicken” and I’m pretty sure it’s in the Bible that the Love Feast will include Chic-fil-a. Regardless, we all need to be involved, knowledgeable and honoring with our finances.

As you look over your finances, where do you stand? Are you living cautiously? Do you have a plan? A vision?

What steps do you need to take to honor the Lord and be good stewards of your money?

Depending on when you are reading this, I would suggest checking out Financial Peace University. https://www.ramseysolutions.com/ramseyplus/financial-peace/class

Get a plan! See the vision and potential and take steps to honor the Lord through your wealth!

Jake Lawson

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