Are you a frugal person ?
I was recently astonished when I realized that the jacket and the scarf that I was wearing were both purchased in the 20th Century (1999) !
This is evidence that I am generally frugal, although I have made some unnecessary internet purchases from the comfort of my lounge chair overlooking the sea. There was the time I bought cinnamon sticks from Sri Lanka…
The Bible is the world’s most comprehensive financial guide.
It contains over 2,000 references to money, including the importance of saving, budgeting, preparing for retirement, and giving to the poor.
Jesus even talks about investing money, which was a new concept for his Jewish audience.
The Bible also warns about avoiding debt whenever possible, since the borrower is a slave to the lender.
It is folly to think that we ‘own’ anything. Everything belongs to God, and when He enables us to acquire money, He expects us to be good stewards of what we have received. He also expects us to serve Him, rather than to be focused on material acquisition.
We are told in the book of Malachi, that God expected the Jews to give a tithe, or ten percent of their income to God’s work.
I was looking at some recent statistics on how many Christians give a tenth of their income to their local church, and I found that between three and seventeen percent of people actually do this. This may explain, in part, why many churches are struggling to remain open. Technically, Christians are no longer expected to tithe, although some denominations still encourage this practise.
A quick examination of our bank records will reveal where our spending priorities lie.
In the pocket of my leather jacket I carry a sheckel, from Israel.
It reminds me to be careful with the money that God has entrusted to me.
Let us be thankful to the Lord for his care and provision for us.
Photo by Sally