In a previous post we looked at 2 Truths Concerning Christians & Money, we identified that Christians should be the most content people on the planet and your relationship with money and material things is a direct reflection of your relationship with God.
In today’s post, there are 5 commitments that each Christian should make regarding their money.
- Commit to worshipping God with your money
1 Timothy 6:10 (ESV) “10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”
If you don’t make this commitment, then you will likely chase after unholy and ungodly cravings and worship the god of money and the god of self instead of the Lord.
- Commit to a budget with tithing as a priority
The first thing in your budget for your family should be the amount you are going to give to the Lord as an act of worship. (Gross or net is a conversation for you to have with the Lord and your family.) Your lifestyle and your spending should be impacted by the commitment you have made because you honor the commitment and give first to the Lord, then spend on yourself.
Have a plan and then work the plan.
- Commit to growing in your generosity
Wherever you are in your giving today, commit to giving more of what God gives you back to Him as an act of worship.
One idea is to increase the percentage of your giving every time you get a raise. Another idea is to increase the percentage of your giving every year.
- Commit to being content and not living on credit
1 Timothy 6:17 (ESV) “17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.”
Worshipping God with your money is directly tied to your contentment in what He has given you. Don’t chase the allure of the world by building up debt. True wealth is not found in ways of the world or materialism.
Proverbs 21:20 (ESV) 20 Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.
Even the wealthiest people in the world know and understand that real wealth is found by living under your means and not spending everything you make. As Christians, we take it further and commit to being content so that we can honor God with what He has given us.
- Commit to at least 6 months of faithful giving before you go back to your old ways.
As you order life around living completely for God, you should expect the enemy to work against you. Cars break down, kids need braces, dishwashers go out, and even jobs can be lost. Stay the course of being faithful to the Lord.
See it through! Remember, “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7) The goal is to worship the Lord with all that you are and all that you have.