Recently my young son’s tooth became loose and like any curious boy, he wiggled it on purpose just to finally release it.
"It came out!” he exclaimed in joy as he proudly displayed it between his little fingers and held it up to my face.
“Great! Are you going to put it under your pillow for the Tooth Fairy?” I asked while wondering in my mind, “How much longer will this keep up until he realizes this isn’t for real?”
In the case of money when we study them under the perspective of Biblical principles, there are many myths that society has created that are not real. God has clear instructions in regards to our finances and how we should approach them.
I share with you four of them that I challenge you to see how they hold up to your beliefs when it comes to us being good stewards of our money.
GIVING HAS NO BEARING ON MY TRUST IN GOD
God asks us to tithe to test our willingness to trust Him fully. He can get the job done with us or without us, through us, or in spite of us. He doesn’t need our 10, 20, or 30 percent.
God promises that if we are faithful in giving, He will be faithful in supplying what we need. This is about demonstrating our trust and obedience in Him.
MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL
This scripture is often taken out of context and is incredibly misquoted. It’s the love of money that is the root of all evil. Greed is the cause of a particular problem or the cause of society's problems in general. Money itself is neither good nor bad. It is a means and way to provide for our needs and wants.
What makes it evil is when we make money an idol.
When we covet money above all things, that’s when it becomes a problem with God.
We need to remember that God does not want us to put anything before Him.
He always wants to be first in our life.
WE SHOULD JUST BE GRATEFUL BUT NOT WANT FOR MORE THAN HAVING OUR NEEDS MET
Some Christian entrepreneurs struggle with this because on one hand you’re trying to make a profit, but on the other hand you have been told to be grateful and want for nothing else.
Many Christians have this falsehood that God does not want us to have prosperity and abundance. All we need is to look at examples in the Bible: Abraham, King Solomon, or King David. God blessed them tremendously and financially!
Here’s the thing, you’ve been gifted with talents and abilities and if you have been anointed a position in the marketplace, you are using your gifts. Yes, it is important to make sure our needs are met, but imagine when you can be a blessing to others when you have been blessed?
When your intentions to be wealthy are intentional and pure, God knows your heart and will bless you abundantly.
GOD WILL PROVIDE
We serve a loving and faithful God who will always meet our needs.
However, we don’t just pray and let God take over.
“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (James 2:17 NIV). It isn’t enough just to pray and hope. In our businesses we are
to be diligent and work.
We must activate that faith.
In Proverbs 10:4 it says, “Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.” God makes it clear that He provides the plans for us and that means that it is up to us to work those plans. Never does it say pray, sit back, and do nothing.
As Christian entrepreneurs, we have been blessed with the ability to make money, to change our lives, to help others, and to change other’s lives. What a God given gift! When we always make sure to seek His Kingdom and His righteousness, all these things will be given to us as well (Matthew 6:33).
Jen Fontanilla is a speaker, six-time author, and has worked with The Walt Disney Company,Target, Goodwill, and the U.S. Air Force.
With 15 years’ of experience in financial services, formerly as a financial advisor and now as a Certified Money Coach (CMC)®, Jen focuses on empowering the emerging entrepreneurial women to develop a more conscious relationship with money so they gain the confidence to leave their 9-to-5 and live out their true passion and purpose.
Jen teaches women that God designed us to live abundant lives and when we understand how faith and finances work together - we’re unstoppable.
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