“[The devil] showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, ‘I will give you all this domain and its glory for it has been handed over to me and I give it to whomever I wish […] Therefore, if you worship me, it shall be yours,’ but Jesus answered and said, ‘It is written; you shall worship the Lord and serve Him only’” (Luke 4:5-6, 8).
Why is it important to talk about money and being faithful with our finances?
“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much” (Luke 16:10).
We are not talking about the amount of money you may have; we are talking about the amount of faithfulness you can develop with what you have.
Stewarding money is when you discipline yourself; it is the boot camp for all other spiritual riches.
“Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth who will entrust the true riches to you?” (Luke 16:11).
If you cannot be faithful with five dollars, $50 or $500, you’re not ready for any spiritual riches, whether it’s spiritual gifts of tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy or gifts of healing. God’s not going to give you the true spiritual riches because you’ve not been faithful in your five dollars.
Know Your Financial Condition Well
Proverbs says it like this.
“Know well the condition of your flock and pay attention to your herds; for riches are not forever” (Prov. 27:23-24).
The way you use and steward your finances is absolutely crucial to the rest of your life. Your marriage — if you’re unfaithful in the use of money, you’re going to be unfaithful in your marriage. If you can’t steward money correctly, you’ll be in a fog when it comes to your ministry, your marriage and your life. Here are a few steps you can take to make sure you have everything together for God.
- Have a plan. The plan is as simple as this — know your bills and your income.
- Develop a budget. I used the “envelope system” by putting cash into envelopes and keeping them in a cupboard. When we went shopping, we pulled out the envelopes and used that cash. If there wasn’t any money, we didn’t go shopping.
- Discipline yourself to be resourceful. You might question what you should do if you have no income. The lack of resources will not stop you, but the lack of resourcefulness will. Being resourceful means “I’m willing to do whatever it takes to obey God’s call on my life.” Being resourceful teaches humility.
- Learn to be a giver. Develop an outlet so life returns.