Bible Verses

“For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” – Matthew 6:21 

“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver”- 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” – Galatians 5:13

Christian Lesson Overview

When your values include helping other people, your spending will include supporting needy people.  If your spending habits are dominated by purchasing automobiles, expensive clothing, fine jewelry; your values are probably dominated by gratifying yourself.  This does not mean that you should spend all extra money on charity, it means your spending habits are an indication of your values.  A close look at how you spend your money may help you define your values.  Changing your spending habits will lead to other changes such as how you spend your time and the effort you make to help needy people or help your family. 

Christian Lesson for Today

A young man who is married with two children goes to church regularly and works hard to support his family.  He purchased a nice home for his family and makes sure the family’s basic needs are met.  However, when he reviewed his spending habits during the past two years, he learned that the majority of his discretionary funds were spent on two new cars, two vacation trips, and new clothes for his wife and him. 

When he was at church, he thought about helping other people and donating funds to special projects, but those ideas did not dominate his thinking during the rest of the week.  During the two-year review, he realized that he spent less than 2% of his extra money to help other people.  He did save money for his children’s education, and he did take care of all the maintenance for the house, cars, and health care for the family. 

Conducting this two-year review gave him an insight into his values.  He thought he really cared about helping other people.  He thought he had solid Christian Values.  However, he saw that he did not accomplish very much outside of his own family.  He decided to conduct planning and include helping other people in his plan.  He would conduct the financial review on a regular basis.  This does not mean that money is everything, it just means how you spend money is an indication of your values.

Christian Lesson Summary

Many of us think we value helping needy people or supporting the family, but when you analyze how we spend our money; we may see that we do not support the values we thought we had.  Monitoring our spending habits is one way to measure our progress.

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.

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