In a world driven by advertising–contentment seems to be increasingly a counter-cultural attitude. Â But Scripture is clear about the benefit of and need for contentment.
1 Timothy 6:6—10 Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.Â But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.Â But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.Â For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. (ESV)
Hebrews 13:5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (ESV)
True contentment is the result of experiencing the benefit of trusting God and the foundation of biblical stewardship.
Five Priorities for Personal Financial Stewardship
- Giving–my responsibility to God
Proverbs 3:9; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:5
Giving back a portion of what God has given us.
- Saving–my responsibility to family
1 Timothy 5:9; 2 Corinthians 12:14; Proverbs 13:22;Â 19:14
- Spending–my responsibility to debtors
Romans 13:7; Psalm 37:21
Faithfully meeting financial obligations.
Notice that Giving and Savings are first in priority over spending, that is because, expenses always expand to fill the income. That is why so many people feel that they are just getting by.Â Â And why the amount saved and the amount given has been on the decrease in our society.
- Offerings–my responsibility to those in needÂ Â Â Galatians 6:10
Sacrificial and compassionate giving for special needs.
- Luxuries–my opportunity to enjoy God’s provisionÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â 1 Timothy 6:17