Grace Moments Devotions - March 31, 2018

Spending money God’s way
Pastor Mark Jeske

Do you tend to be a Scrooge or a spendaholic? Here is another example of when it’s best to steer the middle course in life. God gives no special honor to misers and skinflints, but there is also terrible danger in out-of-control spending.

Be intentional about the money flowing from you. Do you go shopping when you are feeling bad about yourself? Do you need new clothes to feel important? When you find something on sale, do you then buy three (that you didn’t really need)? Do you just love spoiling yourself? Do you have trouble saying no to your urges? Do you just love to party? Are these hard words to hear: “He who loves pleasure will become poor” (Proverbs 21:17)?

Far too many people live in misery and fear because they have maxed out four credit cards and now can’t even make the minimum payments. They bought way too much house, their adjustable-rate mortgage just went up again, and foreclosure looms.

Our Savior Jesus’ personal life is an inspiration to us. He lived simply and humbly. People are more important than stuff; in the same way, your value and worth are not calculated from the flash of your possessions. If you are married, make all financial decisions together. If you can’t control your spending, admit it to someone you trust and ask for help.


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