Financial Disciplines for the Christian Life

If you made a list of “10 Bible Verses That Get Quoted With No Regard to Context,” somewhere on that list would be Philippians 4:13. You’ve seen it on the face of football players, you’ve heard it quoted before a difficult task, and you’ve probably heard it as part of some self-esteem mantra.

But it’s not a Superman verse. You cannot jump off a 20-story building and land on your feet just because you yell, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” while you’re in the air.

The context of that verse is one of wealth and money. Paul tells us how he learned to be content “in whatever situation.” He knew how to be brought low and how to abound, to face hunger and plenty. And he could do all this through Christ.

But notice that Paul had to learn how to think rightly about money. That should encourage us — even Paul had to work at it!

Whether we like it or not, money is a big deal, even Jesus talked about it all the time. A lack of wisdom will wreak havoc on our souls and our futures. When I’ve counseled pastors, there are many who don’t know how to think about money, and a lot of marriages name finances as a common cause for conflict.

It’s wise to consider how to manage finances, but only within the context of contentment. We don’t want to talk about practice if the heart is in the wrong place. God knows our needs and will meet them, so an abiding trust should fill our thoughts about this.

There are disciplines that can help us, though. Trusting God does not remove our responsibility to be faithful.

As we move forward, we’ll take an intense look at seven disciplines for faithful financial stewardship.

Originally published at Dan Dumas.

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