4 Ways to Handle Money God’s Way

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Ever feel like your life is stuck in fast-forward? From the moment our feet hit the floor in the morning, it seems like we never let up on life’s gas pedal.

When we finally sit down to look at bills, we are exhausted and just want to pay them as quickly as possible and move on. Even some of us avoid logging in to our bank accounts all together because it is just too painful to really see what our current balance is.

Is this how God intended for us to live?

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing that you have always done and expecting a different result. God has made us stewards of the money He has given us (as seen in the Parable of the Talents). If you feel discouraged, burned out, or frustrated with the way you are currently handling your money, here are some perspective changes you can make in your life.

1Choose to Be Faithful in the Little Things

You don’t need to wait until Aunt Matilda dies and leaves you her fortune before you start handling your money seriously. Decide to be faithful in the little things that you have.

It is easy to live above your means. Most Americans live that way.

Why not instead choose to be different? Decide today that you are going to be more intentional with your money and empower yourself to say no.

One of the great lessons in life is learning to be content with whatever condition you are currently in.

Small things are small things, but faithfulness with a small thing is a big thing. – Hudson Taylor

2Learn the Value of Contentment

Contentment can do so much good for your soul. In fact, if you have kids then it is absolutely essential that you teach them this virtue. The challenge is that we want to bless our kids, make them happy, and give them a good childhood. What we often forget are the great lessons that we lose along the way.

For awhile, we had an extremely basic TV cable package. We have made a choice to live frugal and in the state of contentment that God currently has us in. This was a real challenge for my two kids as they had become accustomed to watching all their favorite television programs in the evening. While initially they voted us the “Lamest Parents in the World,” a strange thing began to happen. We suddenly had more time for conversation, bike rides around the neighborhood, and sitting on the front porch swing at sunset just enjoying one another’s presence. The kids began to make up silly games for us to play and we had our fair share of freeze tag in the front yard. Your life is as rich as you want to make it. Contentment is a choice.

3Hold Loosely to Everything

In the book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon mentions several times how stressful life can be for those whose life’s goal is the pursuit of wealth or riches. Is it wrong to have nice things? Certainly not. But those that are consumed with wanting more live a stress-filled life.

Solomon talks about how the poor man has peaceful sleep after spending his day laboring in the field, while the rich man tosses and turns worrying about how to hold onto all his wealth. If you can learn the value of holding loosely to what you have, the pressure will begin to roll off your shoulders. Holding loosely does not mean you live flippantly and do not take careful consideration for what you have. It means that you recognize that it is all God’s to begin with anyway.

4Be Faithful With All 100%

Most Christians have been trained to handle 10% of their money God’s way through giving a tithe, but they are clueless with what to do with the other 90%. One powerful principle to remember is that all 100% of it was given to you by God.

Some of you might be saying, “Wait a minute, I earned that money by using my knowledge, skill and ability.”

Wasn’t it God who gave you that knowledge, skill, and ability to begin with? Does not God give us the power to create wealth? There is a wonderful mental shift that can take place when you recognize that you and I are just merely managers of the wealth God gives us.

Conclusion

If you are living above your means and constantly worried or stressed about your money situation, I have one simple question for you: Why? Don’t you realize that you are choosing to live that way? There is another way.

Simplify your life by learning the value of contentment. Start being faithful in the little things. Hold loosely to what you have and give 100% of it over to God. Once you arrive at that place, you can close your eyes at night and sleep peacefully. Why not start handling money God’s way today?

What else can we do to handle God’s money better? Leave a comment!













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  1. DreamChaser57

    Refreshing post. I have to learn and grow comfortable with depending on God to sustain me in every facet of my life, especially with money. I am not a consistent tither, I think that’s the first step in obedience I need to take. It’s difficult because I always feel that there is never enough. But sometimes you cannot over intellectualize God’s commandments, as HIS child -perhaps I just need to trust

    • Judy Jackson/Howell

      I am learning the same principles of trust. I now realize that all I have is my Lords, and a transference in my brain waves has occurred. I am beginning to be responsible in my journey with treasures from heaven…judy

  2. Thanks for the encouragement. I know what you mean about tithe. I must admit that I have caught myself saying to my wife, “Well, we would have a nicer house or go on bigger vacations to if we did not tithe.” Of course, that was not a spiritual thing to say. The fact is that God has made it a command for a reason. It is better when we submit and do life God’s way.

    Remember those old locks from year’s gone by? It cam with a code already programmed. Like 7-31-16 and you had to turn the dial to unlock it. You didn’t have a choice what the numbers were going to be. If you want to unlock God’s code for life, then you have to start trying to do things your way and instead God’s way. Sorry, didn’t mean to direct that toward you. I am preaching a little to all of us. :)

  3. LOVE THIS ARTICLE, Jonathan!!! It rings so true to what God says about money and contentment in His word. Our family is on a contentment journey this year, as well. We are living for a year on minimum wage, telling people about our adventure in living frugally, and drawing attention to true poverty. Some folks think that living with less not possible, while choosing to “keep up with the Joneses”. The key word here is “choosing”, as how we live each day is a choice. We are not commanded to live up to a certain lifestyle. I only want to live in such a way to compel both Christians and non-Christians to look at how I’m doing life- and see God’s contentment in me. You can read about us at http://www.minimumwageprosperity.blogspot.com and http://www.toddsivers.com. Keep up the good work, Jonathan!

  4. Thanks for the post it is really helpful in learning about money management, even though it is simply put. I love that you used situations in your life to strengthen each point. Because I am a teenager I don’t really know that much about money and this post has widened my understanding of money and how it should be managed. Thanks.

  5. Washington

    It was a great post!! Simple things really mean a lot.

  6. You are so right about contentment! If we’re content with what we have, it is so much easier to handle money properly. I find making a list of my blessings so helpful in this.

  7. Hugo Cordero

    Excellent post, very adequate and appropriate for all of those that need to learn that God is the provider, so we must learn to live according to His principles of stewardship. Blessings,

  8. My prospective of money has changed since the time I came across this website. This article just makes it better! Thanks Jon!! God Bless You! :)

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