Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Christian Manhood -- Fiscal Responsibility

One of the things that happened because of the fall is that work became toil and filled with obstacles. The ground brought forth weeds; things began to break down and needed repair and rebuilding. Because of the scarcity of stuff, money soon was invented to allow trade to take place. God has a lot to say to us as men regarding how we manage money and things.

According to Matthew 25 God has made us stewards of His resources. That means we are just the guardians of what actually belongs to Him. We are His money managers.

In that capacity God expects diligence in our work rather than sloth. Some verses that help us to understand that are:

Proverbs 6:9-11 Watch out for a pattern of slothfulness
Proverbs 10:4,5 Make sure your hands are diligent
Proverbs 24:30-34 Keep your property in good repair
2 Thessalonians 3:10 If someone doesn’t work, then he shouldn’t eat

God expects us to save for the future.

Proverbs 6:8 Gather your food in the summer
Genesis 41:35, 36 Think about the advice Joseph gave to Pharaoh regarding the upcoming famine.

There’s more to saving than just putting a little extra money in the bank from every paycheck. You can save a lot of money by watching for sales. In our household for example, we don’t usually by pop unless we can get it for 20 cents a can or so. Buy in quantity – but not so much that it spoils before you use it. Don’t buy on impulse. Plan your buying so you won’t be tempted to buy things you don’t need or can’t afford.

And finally, take care of your stuff! Don’t leave the kids’ toys out in the grass to get rusty and broken. Keep things picked up and in as good repair as you can afford. You might not have a lot of money, but you don’t need to leave junk laying all around inside and outside your house. Remember, you are God’s managers.

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