I’m sure you know this already, but your money isn’t yours—You’re just a manager. No one takes their money or their stuff with them when they die. However, we do have an opportunity while we are alive to be wise with our money. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 3:9 to honor the Lord with our wealth. Take a moment to pray and ask God to give you wisdom as you manage your wealth—whatever that may be. If you struggle with managing finances and want to surround yourself with a reliable system and people who can help you get better, consider signing up for Financial Peace University at Eikon today!
In Luke 16:8, Jesus uses this parable to communicate that non-religious folk often do a better job of leveraging wealth than religious folks. Do you see this happening in your own life? Try this—Write down a list of 5 people or things you would like to invest into over the next year. Now ask yourself what steps you’ll need to take to work towards that. Ask the Lord, in prayer, to help you honestly evaluate your goals, budget, and resources to get started moving in the right direction. Take another bold step by reaching out to someone who can help you as you put purpose first when it comes to your resources!
It’s wise to invest in people because one day, ‘you’ll be gone, but how we change the world will echo long after that. Ephesians 5:15-17 gives us even further encouragement to live wisely and use every opportunity for doing good. Carve out some time today to ask the Lord to guide you towards some specific people that you would like to invest into—whether financially, through mentorship, or with an abundant resource you have. Reach out to those people at some point this week and do some good for them! As you bless them, pray that God would enable them to do the same for someone else soon.
We believe that every Christian needs to have a plan for how they plan to support the church financially. And once we decide to put purpose first, we must put action to our decision. 1 Timothy 6:18 reminds us to use our money to do good, be rich in good deeds, and generous to those in need. People in our community need to hear the hope of Jesus, and every bit of finances brought into our church does exactly that. Would you take time out today to pray about tithing regularly if you haven’t already, or joining our Online Giving Team, or taking the 1% challenge? Help us as we help others become more like Jesus!
When faced with the demands of life, we can tend to focus on ourselves and what we have or don’t have. However, Philippians 2:4 encourages us to care about the lives of others, too. It’s another excellent way to leverage our time and resources to ensure that this world is a better place! Is there someone in your Small Group, Serve Team, or neighborhood that you want to get to know better? Try something fun and invite them out for coffee or dessert this weekend to hang out and spend time together. Pray for that person and keep asking God to open doors that lead you to more faith-filled friendships!
TALK IT OVER
- What’s the weirdest trend you’ve ever encountered?
- What’s one food/meal that you were afraid to try but ended up enjoying?
- If you could travel back in time and invent one thing, what would it be?
- If you knew you only had one year to keep your job and livelihood, what would you do?
- How has someone’s personal investment into your life been a benefit?
- Have you ever gone through Financial Peace University or a similar program? If so, how did it affect the way you manage your resources?
- What are some areas where you may need to reconfigure how you manage your time?
- Who are some people you are personally investing into?