Amazed by Grace

Grace in Spending

graceYour heart will be where your treasure is. (Matthew 6:21)

Ponder It.

  • What problems do you have with spending?
  • With a percentage (0%-100%), assess how much God plays a role in your spending planning and actual spending.
  • How do you see God’s grace in your spending?

Receive It. Grace provides what we need. The problem is we often define what we need differently than God does. We don’t filter our needs (and our spending) through God’s will. We prefer control. It’s as if we think that if we give God complete control, we’re only going to be living with the basics of food, clothing, and shelter. We’ll never get that favorite cup of coffee, new scarf or other accessory, or a car that does more than make it from point A to point B. We should know God better than that. When we fully submit to God’s will, yes, there will probably be times we need to trust him through some very sacrificial seasons of spending (or not spending). Whether or not we actually have the resources to spend become secondary to how God wants us to spend what we have. God blesses us abundantly, and he is not intent on ruining our fun or withholding anything and everything that is absolutely not essential. It’s just not the way he loves us. His love, and his grace, is abundant. It overflows. That doesn’t mean our bank accounts will always overflow. Besides, how he defines overflow and how we define overflow often differs. We look at the money in our hands and think of it as ours. We forget he filters it all through his hands. He knows where it needs to go, and while he often will have us sacrifice spending in the way we want for the way he wants, the way he wants is sometimes in line with what we want. He knows the trail of spending and the blessings that can come through the spending. Most important, he knows the blessings that can come through obedient spending. He knows who profits, who will honor him, who will be grateful, and who will be challenged to greater faith because of the pressures of wealth. We need to rely on God to guide our spending, because when we listen to and obey what he says about spending, his grace abounds through our obedience, including our spending.

Live It. Pay attention to every penny you spend or consider spending today. Ask, “What does God say about this money in my hand?” Then do with it what he wants.