I believe that money is a tool God gives us. Like anything, we can choose to abuse it, or we can choose to steward it in the way that God intended. Now, I used to worship money. I thought that if I could just get more of it, then I would be content. The funny thing is, no matter how much money you accumulate, it never seems to be enough if you are in that mindset. God showed me how to get free of that mindset, and to truly steward my finances in the way He intended. Do you desire that freedom in your own life? Keep reading!
Freedom from the Love of Money
Remember Who the Owner Is
The first step to stewarding your finances well, or anything in your life, is to remember that you don’t own it. God does, and He has blessed you with it, as He has with everything in your life. So, I start from a place of gratitude. I thank Him for the ability, both physically and mentally, to earn money. I thank Him for blessing me with all that I have in life and trust me, that will reset your frame of mind.
If your financial situation is a gift from God, then shouldn’t you be using it for the things He intended? Now, I’m not saying you can’t have your toys and your fun, but the Bible does command that we give a tithe to God. Again, God owns everything in the universe, so tithing can really help loosen your grip on money.
Release Money’s Hold On You
The Bible says, “Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.” (Proverbs 14:31). I truly believe the greatest gift of wealth is that I am able to bless others. I can give freely when I see need, I don’t have to worry about whether or not it will affect my bottom line. When you can begin to release this type of money, no matter how big or small, there will be a huge shift in your life. Do you remember the parable of the offering of the widow? She didn’t give a fraction of the amount that others had, but Jesus knew she gave everything she could, and He honored that.
A simple challenge is this: when you see someone in need this week, see if you can release some of the money you would have used on yourself. Give up that one coffee, or that pair of shoes, and see what it does for you.
When I started making more money as a young buck, I wanted to spend it on flashy things. I wanted money for money’s sake, but what I learned was that to make money, you’ve got to invest money. Instead of buying expensive cars, I bought a haircutting franchise. Now, I know that sounds much less exciting, but by adding another revenue stream into my life, I was adding more money to my bank account. Cars depreciate as soon as you drive them off of the lot, so I decided to put my money towards things that would make me money.
I’ve invested in many things over the years, but the best thing I ever invested in was myself. This weekend is my annual WealthBuilders Conference, and there’s still time for you to sign up! You can either come to the conference in Denver or watch the Livestream from anywhere in the world! I and a handful of other speakers will teach you how to build wealth from a spiritual foundation, whether that’s through real estate, business, or other avenues. Get tickets and more information here.