Building Financial Margin – Week 5, Day 1

Daily Scripture Reading:

Psalm 24:1 – “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world and those who live in it.”                                                            

Psalm 145:16 – “You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing.”

Psalm 104 :27-28 – “These all look to you to give them their food in due season; when you give to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.”

I really don’t like to talk about money at church. It’s my least favorite topic to teach or preach on in any church I’ve ever served. Folks squirm, we hear whispers like “all they talk about is money”, or people decide to skip out on this week’s sermon – just because the topic is money.

Wow! Jesus would never have had anyone listening to his sermons. He talked about money more than any other subject other than the Kingdom of God. He talked more about money more than heaven and hell combined. Eleven of 39 parables were about money. One out of every 7 verses in the gospel of Luke was about money. *   That’s a lot of preaching and teaching about money.

Maybe the dilemma is ownership – deciding who really owns our money. I’d like to think it’s me but I would be wrong. I’m a steward of all that God has given.   We are all stewards. We’ve been entrusted with God’s world and all His riches. It’s up to us to use them wisely.

Building financial margin into our lives helps honor God and helps us be good stewards of His resources. What kind of stewards are we?

Prayer: Gracious God, You are indeed the Source of all life and the Provider of everything. You have given me the gift of being Your steward. Forgive me when I have been unwise. Give me the strength and the wisdom to honor You in this responsibility. May I be faithful to use Your gifts for You and Your kingdom. Through Christ our Lord I pray, Amen.

Reflection/Application Question for the Day:

What kind of steward are you? How are you managing the resources that God has given you?

Is there room for improvement?

Ask God to show you places that need growth.

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* Financial Peace University study materials

Devotion from Building Margin for a Balanced Life, devotional book, small group study and sermon series

©Tim Reaves and Trish Archer

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