My small group from church started working through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University last night. Of course I screwed up and got the wrong set of disks from the contact at church. So we had to watch an old video where he talked about budgeting. It was helpful I thought.
Anyway, it all got me thinking about money and what God teaches us about it.
Mostly, I’ve been thinking about the concept of stewardship. I believe we don’t actually own anything. We come into the world naked, helpless and penniless. When we leave the world we may be dressed up in a suit or our favorite dress, but we take nothing with us. Meanwhile, we get to use (or borrow) things like money, clothes, houses, and cars.
I always think of the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) that teaches us that our when our master allows us to manage his assets for him, he expects us to actually manage them for him. That means he expects us to be deliberate and organized rather than to simply trudge along with no plan.
So, my wife and I try to be good stewards of God’s assets. We have been blessed by Him in accordance with our faith in Him. My prayer is that I grow in faith and become an increasingly competent steward.