3 Keys For Wise Financial Management God’s Way
God is looking for husband and wife teams that are wise in kingdom financial management principles. It is important that couples understand the purpose of finances as stewards of God’s resources. Without management, there is no growth in God. God wants to see how well we manage our affairs, how we communicate, how we spend our time, what we do with our money, and how wisely or foolishly we use the resources at our disposal.
Wise management attracts God, while poor management stunts marital growth. God holds back progress until He has management. He allows no increase until He has a husband and wife who can manage the increase. No expansion is made until God has a marital team that is accountable for that expansion. If husbands and wives are faithful with a little, God will entrust them with more (Luke 16:10). To be effective and successful in marriage, husbands and wives must learn to be good managers for collective team movement by utilizing these three key principles:
- Communication. Husbands and wives do more than simply keep things running; they add value to everything they have responsibility over. As a result of this, resources will appreciate in value. All married couples should pray together, communicate as a team, set financial goals, and examine themselves periodically. This will help couples to determine if they are effective in handling God’s blessings, spending money wisely, or if they are moving in the direction that God would want them to go (Proverbs 24:3). There is no limit to what the Lord will do for couples financially who surrender themselves and their resources completely to His will and His way.
- Tithe. Tithing should be one major facet of a couple’s overall financial plan because it reminds couples that God is the Creator and true owner of everything that we have (Psalm 24:1). Tithing reminds couples to trust in God’s ability and promise to meet their needs daily, while not holding on to possessions too tightly because each spouse is designed to be a mere steward of marital possessions. When couples tithe, they gain contentment and the proper perspective of not allowing possessions and pursuit of prosperity to take precedence over a true, intimate relationship with the Lord. Tithing reminds couples that God is the source and giver of prosperity because He is the one that gives the marital team the ability to produce wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18).
- Budget wisely. Budgeting should be the other major facet of a couple’s financial regimen. Every household should operate on a budget or financial plan because it is the basic principle of resource management. A household budget should be no more complex than needed to manage the family’s resources effectively. The budget should consist of a clear plan for saving and spending money, along with managing debt and credit. Investing, leisure, and recreational activities should be factored into a sound budget as well. A working budget, coupled with tithing, represents good management and an honest effort at wise stewardship.
Couples that put God first in their finances will improve their lives and finances. Applying these three principles will help couples build strong kingdom financial management principles that yield financial health, freedom, peace, and joy in their marriages.