The way we handle finances is a huge factor in whether we experience chaos or peace in our home as well as in our church. An abundance of money doesn’t bring us peace but mishandling it can quickly throw our lives into chaos. Mishandling of church finances can affect our household finances just the same as mishandling our household finances can spill over into the church.
If we don’t put proper guardrails such as budgets and cash handling procedures in place, it’s easy to slide down the slippery slope of financial mismanagement.
I suggest that rather than practice crisis management we implement crisis avoidance as much as possible. Begin with the understanding that all we have belongs to the Lord. It’s not our money, and we need to handle it as if He entrusted us with it.
Hebrews 13:5 serves as a great guardrail in helping us as ministers in both our personal and church finances.
Hebrews 13:5 ESV
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
This passage spells out three key points that should serve as a baseline in dealing with finances.
Keep free from the love of money.
Could the writer be saying in regard to the love of money that it’s a matter of where we place our trust and where we find security?
If you find yourself worrying about how much was in the offering every Sunday, you may have a budgeting issue. It’s possible you’re spending more than you should, and this might be because you haven’t found yourself to be content.
We should want to do everything with excellence but if you’re continually chasing what your neighbor up the street has you may not be content. You need to ask the question “Is your peace coming from the things around you or from God”? Things will break, and trends will come and go.
Know He will never leave you or forsake you.
It’s quoted often from our pulpits, but do we put this into practice in the way that we live? If we believe this, then that is where our love and trust should lie. If we think he loves us, then we should be content right where we are because he is sovereign and placed us there.
Finally, if we believe this, we can know he will provide all that we need.