Spending Our Money Wisely

I have made some horrible investments in my lifetime. I once bought shares of company when the stock market was really doing well. But then the market crashed, and I sold those shares at a great lose. This is the case for many people in Homestead who bought their houses or condo’s at the peak of the market. Many of my friends are still recovering from the housing crash of 2007/2008.

Going forward I don’t want to spend the money that has been entrusted to me carelessly. Jesus guides us through these decisions by the work of the Holy Spirit, the wisdom of Scripture, and the family of believers known as the church. Looking at our Core Values we understand that we are called to first believe the gospel, which enables us to worship God, live as a family and be on mission.  Since being a follower of Jesus is our identity we can now prioritize how we spend our money accordingly:

  • Prioritize Jesus. Our identity is found in the person and work of Jesus, our Creator and Sustainer, Savior and King.  Without him we are lost, so we must prioritize our relationship with him, and live our lives in worship of him.
  • Prioritize human relationships. We were created to need one another, to love, serve, and help each other.  Therefore, we must prioritize our relationships with people: our family, our church, our friends, and our neighbors.
  • Prioritize Mission. God has given us the mission to make disciples, and he calls us his disciples to participate in this work.  We are entrusted with the message of Jesus – we get to proclaim his work that saved people from death to life!  Therefore, we must prioritize the gospel, using our resources to bless, care for, and share the gospel to those in our circles of influence.

Once we align our priorities according to life as a disciple, we can begin to evaluate our wants in light of this framework, and spend accordingly.

Practical Theology:

Spend money on others by buying a gift for Affordable Christmas.