Hearing the word budget usually results in moderate to severe side effects of: internal cringing, crying, identity crises, or in most cases a very real yet metaphorical Claustrophobia. I’m weird, and it’s always been quite the opposite for me.
Maybe it’s my slightly obsessive personality or possibly the plethora of teenage lessons I learned on what not to do with my money, but either way I believe the biblical principles of money are the same for everyone. Call me crazy (I’ve been called worse) but I believe that a large part of God’s blessing and favor on our lives is in direct proportion to how we steward our finances.
In our house we aren’t budgeteers, finance gurus, or envelope Nazis; we are stewards. The principle of stewardship applies to all people no matter the income, economic status or tax bracket. If you apply simple principles to your finances, you’ll see lasting change and blessing from the King.
Let’s be honest, if you were dishing out unlimited resources, on what kind of person would you be dumping said resources? Here’s what I know:
God gets the first.
Yes, I am aware that tithing is an Old Testament law, but I am totally drinking the Koolaid that it brings New Testament blessing. After all, it all came from Him anyways so I’m just returning it. For me, God gets the first. Tithing was never about the amount but always about the priority. God doesn’t care how large or small it is, He cares that He is first on the list. Try it! I dare you.
The future gets the second.
I know what you’re thinking…I don’t have extra. I’d be willing to bet there is some extra somewhere tucked away behind your eating out and “fun” money. Extra that you could be putting towards your future (i.e. vacations, cars, a diamond, one day a home, etc.). This one can sting a little, but here’s the deal with saving: a little adds up over time. You have to start somewhere, so start with what you got. Now.
Control your money; don’t let it control you.
The basic key to money is if you don’t tell your money where to go, it will take you to a place you don’t want to be. The Chambers' money motto: “if we can’t afford it, we can’t buy it.” Debt is weight that you were NEVER meant to carry. Put a name on every dollar you make, and be faithful to it.
Money-handling gets clouded by an overcomplicated perception, but it can be harnessed and conquered with simple truths and principles. My pastor always says, “Live now like no one else, so one day you will live like no one else”.
Go get 'em.