Financial Fitness Blog #1:
Financial fitness is important for your spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health. Being financially fit improves your overall well-being and life satisfaction. Having more money certainly can make a difference in your life, but it is not going to change anything if you are not following God’s principles for finances with what you currently make. More money does not equal happiness apart from God. If you want God to perhaps trust you with more than you’ve got to trust Him and change the way you think about money which will then lead you to change your actions concerning money. The following principles are some foundations for financial health.
Foundation #1: Everything I have belongs to God.
You don’t really own anything in this life. It’s on loan to you. It was all here before you and it will be here after you die. Psalm 24:1, “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to Him.” (NLT)
Foundation #2: One day God will audit me.
It is foolish to go through life thinking God is not going to audit your life. Christians are forgiven and saved through faith in Christ Jesus, but we all (believers and non-believers alike) will give an account of our lives. The Apostle Peter informs us of this truth in 1 Peter 4:17, “For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God’s household. And if judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God’s Good News?” (NLT) You will give an account of your life and how you used it and the money you were entrusted with will be a part of that accounting.
Foundation #3: You receive in proportion to what you give.
The measure you use to give to God is the measure He uses to give blessings back to you. Are you faithful to give to Him? If not why would He trust you with more? Jesus clearly teaches, Luke 16:11-13, “If, then, you have not been faithful in handling worldly wealth, how can you be trusted with true wealth? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to someone else, who will give you what belongs to you? No servant can be the slave of two masters; such a slave will hate one and love the other or will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (GNT)