Jon Taylor – Lead Pastor
We all make hundreds of decisions everyday. What time to get up, what to wear, what to eat, what route to drive, what to listen to, what to purchase… Most of them are minor decisions, but we also make some big decisions each day. Will I treat others the way I want to be treated? Will I allow my pride and selfish desires to guide my thoughts and actions? Will I submit my will to God’s will?
When it comes to finances, you make the decision to follow God’s instructions and principles – or not. Will you give 10% (a tithe) to the church (Malachi 3:8-10)? Will you be generous and share with others (2 Corinthians 9:6)? Will you stay out of the bondage of debt and not become a slave to the lender (Proverbs 22:7)? Will you save and prepare for emergencies that will come your way (Proverbs 6:6-11)?
Here’s the thing: blessing follows obedience and when you decide to be obedient to God’s instructions and principles in how to handle your finances, blessings follow. I’m not talking about prosperity theology or giving to get. I’m talking about the blessings of being obedient and living in God’s will.
In 2 Kings 5:5-11 we read the story of Naaman and how his pride kept him from being obedient to the word from God’s prophet Elisha. He thought his way was better. He thought God’s way didn’t make any sense. But when he was finally obedient, blessing followed.
What will your decision be today? And tomorrow? Will you be obedient to God’s instructions and principles and find financial freedom and peace? Or will you keep working your plan and expecting a different outcome. Trust God. Tithe. Develop and live from a spending plan. Get out of debt. Start saving. Have an emergency fund. And most importantly, don’t quit! Be obedient, and watch how God blesses.