We did our second pizza and training night with some of our youth last night and explored money. It was a lot of fun!
Our speaker is was a CAP money coach* and he was giving us a few condensed insights into handling money, especially for those starting out in work, getting part time jobs or heading off to Uni.
These are a few thoughts about what he said, they’re not exactly the words that came out of his mouth, just some things I was thinking about while he was talking.
Jesus talks about money loads, almost as much as he talks about love (our speaker said he talks about it 58 times)! Its an important issue for him – much of what he says can be summed up by this verse from Luke 16: “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
Money is a discipleship issue. Its important and its about learning to follow God with our whole lives.
Money can be a really mean master. Running after wealth or getting stuck in patterns of debt can destroy lives. You don’t have to look around much right now to see that happening.
One way to avoid getting in a mess with money is by developing good habits. Don’t be tempted to put this off until you have lots of the stuff, start now! Getting into the habits of giving, budgeting, and saving will really help you out later.
Cash is King! Another great habit to get into is doing all you day to day purchases by cash, this seems hard at first but you get a far better idea of what you spend than just handing over a card.
Actually Jesus is King! God provides for his people’s needs and wants us to be good stewards. Love God, use money. Don’t love money and use God.
If you were there, I would love to hear what jumped out at you. Let’s keep talking about this issue and learn some good habits.
Tomorow I’m going to do another post on this, with some of my thoughts about our journey with money over the last 10 years.
*CAP are an amazing organisation committed to help people get out of and avoid debt. Go check them out!
The picture is by Lawrence OP and I got it from Flickr.