Biblical Finance 101

The simplicity of scripture. Everything our heart desires is revealed through scripture. How easy it is to drift away from what God desires for us and get caught up in the rat race of man's economics. Christians spend a lot of energy from worry and anxiety about financial matters, most of which are out of their realm of control or influence.

A friend of mine used to tell me, "Concentrate on the things you can control and forget about the things you can't." Well, I think scripture tells us something similar in Matthew 6:19-34. Please read it and I think you will be refreshed. Every time there is financial chaos in my life, I read these passages to help me see clearly once again.

Another phrase that I mention quite frequently is inspect what God expects. So many times we focus on what we want and not on what God wants for us or expects from us. Selfishness leads to: financial mismanagement, being out of God's will, etc. etc. You know the rest of the story.

The most common financial difficulty that I find among Christians is ignorance of what scripture says about finances. Surprisingly to many, there are more references to money in the bible as compared to most subjects heard from the pulpit. It's no surprise that in the book of Hosea God says that my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (ignorance). This is a modern truism.

I truly believe that finances are one of the last and most powerful strongholds Satan has on the church. Financially strapped Christians lead to financially strapped churches that become spiritually inept and ineffective. Biblical finance is not a matter of 1+1=2, but a spiritual matter that affects the very core of our relationship with God.

Gary Ellis, MBA, CFP
Association Stewardship Director