Financially speaking, Christian should dominate but when abundant financial resources touch the palm of the unbroken believers, mismanagement is inevitable. Finance actually deals with the management of money which can be in form of capital, profits, savings, liability, asset, investment and many more.
The financial aspect of a Christian cannot be over-emphasized as it is by this effect that provision of adequate welfare for the family and the church is made.
Unfortunately, often time we mistake the blessings and fulfilment of God upon us as financial prosperity and breakthrough. As finance deals with money management, we will always assume great possession of money is the only real definition of wealth. It is never so.
If God judges the amassing of money in millions as the standard for wealth, then the world at large is operating far below God’s standard as almost 60 percent of the world populations are financially incapable of providing for their daily desires.
Christian finance should not only be the way a Christian manages his money, it should also be the way which he manages all his resources, humanly, timely, and materially speaking according to the wisdom of God as these factors are responsible for great financial strength and acquisition.
The excessive and unnecessary amassing of wealth prompts most evil activities and dubious approaches such as greed, fraud, theft etc. which God plainly and unrepentantly frowns at and as it has been scripturally written “the love of money is the root of all evil.” (See 1Tim 6:10).
For a Christian who is keen to gaining financial grounds, he must first subconsciously acknowledge that;
I}. Financial Prosperity is not achieved by the unnecessary amassing of money to oneself by all means; it is graciously given by God. (Pro 10:22)
II}. Financial prosperity only comes from God and always for divine purposes not for lavishing or spends thriftiness. (1Tim 6:17)
III}. A larger percentage of Christian wealth should be seen and sown as seed for abundant fruitfulness for the future. (Ecc. 11:1-3)
IV). A certain proportion of Christian wealth should be directed toward kingdoms projects and businesses. This has the greatest reward as it will be recompensed in heaven. (1Tim 6:19)
V). Christian Financial prosperity is not for incessant and filthy show off to ridicule the financially handicapped (1Tim 6:17).
Extracted from Guy Hatcher’s book, there are 3 principles of financial planning in God’s way. The principles will also help a Christian to maintain and manage their financial resources in a godly way.
- You Have To Make More Or Spend Less.
- Discipline Must Be Recognized And Reckoned With For Continual Financial Prosperity.
- Your View And Perspective About Money Must Be Transformed Positively.
Jesus made it clear that money which is often mistaken as financial prosperity and God’s blessings in our mind is God’s main competition for our heart.
The problem is not money itself but love for money.
Establish your finance in the wisdom of God.
Akinola Ojediran studied Statistics from the Polytechnic, Ibadan. Akinola is lover of God, a writer, blogger and a sport analyst.