Post by Senior Pastor Shane Stanford
When is enough enough?
As consumer debt rises, so do the levels of stress on our families. Confronting our consumerist tendencies produces a wealth of benefits. But why is it so hard deciding when enough is indeed enough? We live in a world of “discontented accumulation.” No matter how much we acquire, it never seems to feed the real hunger of our lives and souls. No, the answer for our families is more about values than money. A healthy lifestyle leads to financial health. Sure, good budgets and debt reduction are helpful but not enough. In order to change our financial future, we must address what drives our financial behavior.
The Founder of Methodism, John Wesley, once said, “Money becomes the best or the worst of us, depending on how we ‘hold’ it. Our goal should be to earn the most we can, save the most we can, and give the most we can.” How true.
The following are six Biblical financial core values that can change our financial lives. I encourage each of us to study and assimilate these Biblical principles into our daily lives. The benefits will not only include our pocket books, but our church and the communities we call ‘home.’
- The Principle of Enough (Hebrews 13:5): What is the level where our possessions equal our level of peace and contentment?
- The Principle of Proper Perspective (Matthew 6:24): We cannot serve two masters. A clear distinction between the things of this world and the things of God gives us the opportunity for clarity in our decisions – financial and otherwise.
- The Principle of the Good Steward (Matthew 19:16-22): Most financial problems come when the things we possess, in reality, possess us.
- The Principle of the Shrewd Manager (Luke 16:1- 18): Only when we spend as much time and effort preparing our lives through the building of relationships as we do for pleasure will we experience the true measure of our potential.
- The Principle of the Widow’s Mite (Mark 12:41- 44): Some of life’s greatest lessons are learned from our commitment and response to the needs of others.
- The Principle of the Faithful Giver (1 Timothy 6:17-18): Be “ready to share.” This command highlights the nature of why we give. We do not share our resources for pride or personal gain, but because generosity as a virtue defines more than the balance of a bank account.
Consider the defining values of your life. What beliefs and principles form who you are? How do these core values define the important boundaries and goals for your family? How are they shaping your heart into a vessel for the truly “good life?”
Our families are more than the sum of our possessions. Every deposit and withdrawal means something. Let’s make them truly count.
Thank you, Christ Church, for your faithfulness throughout God’s work among us. We are blessed indeed! Be Salt and Light… You Matter! (Matthew 5: 13-16)