For God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7b, NKJV)
Are we good stewards of what God has given us? Throughout my life I’ve received good financial advice. In particular from my father; He had a degree in business and he made sure I understood and practiced sound economic principles. I grew up in the Great Depression when money and just about everything else was scarce, but dad taught me to set aside money each week from my allowance for church and savings. When I was in junior high, he took me to the bank to open my own bank account.
During my college years I went into debt to pay for my college education, but after I graduated, I paid off my student debts as quickly as I could. When all was paid, I made several key decisions. I put money into a retirement fund at the maximum level. I used my allotted vacation time for Army Reserve Training. When these actions put a strain on our marriage, my wife and I relaxed our budget a little.
As a result of sound and solid biblical teaching I began tithing and gave more than ten percent as God made us aware of additional needs in our church. Biblical training in money management reminds me I am a steward of God’s resources. Proverbs 3:9-10 and 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 provide great principles. By giving to God we have never lacked anything we needed.
With paternal teaching I learned to save,
And to church offerings I also gave.
Following the way of the Bible plan,
I can be as generous as I can.
Save early, spend wisely, and give generously.
- What do Proverbs 3:9-10 and 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 say about money management?
- What attitudes should Christians develop toward giving?
- What should be included in your money management plan?