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A few weeks ago, I spoke to our men’s group at church about my testimony in the area of stewardship.  I talked about how I was raised in a family that taught Biblical principles of handling money—and how I saw stewardship as an end rather than a means for many years.

I spoke the next week on the top 10 things we can do to treasure Jesus more fully when it comes to handling money.  There were 12 items on the list.  Here’s the summary:

  1. Study the Bible for ourselves to see what God has to say about money.
  2. Make the connection between the gospel and our use of money (see 2 Cor 8:9, Phil 2:7-11).
  3. Make a budget…to the glory of God.
  4. Never make an emotional financial decision (see Luke 14:28-30).
  5. Limit, or eliminate, our exposure to debt (see Deut 28:1, 12-13, 15, 44, Prov 22:7, Rom 13:8).
  6. Learn, with Paul, to be content (see Phil 4:11-13).
  7. Work to the glory of God, and understand it is the Lord who prospers (see 1 Cor 10:31, Col 3:23-24, Gen 13:1-12).
  8. Teach our children to be good stewards (Prov 22:6).
  9. Give generously.
  10. Give wisely (see 2 Thess 3:10, Mt 5:42, 1 Tim 5:8, 1 John 3:17-18, 1 Tim 5:17-18, Lev 19:9-10).
  11. Be courageous when you encounter God’s teaching (see Ezra 7:10, 8:21-23).
  12. Use your money to make God look glorious (see 1 John 2:16, Mt 6:28-30, 33).

For the details, you can listen here.

Question:  With a new year approaching, what can you do with regards to money to treasure Jesus more fully?