Three financial stewardship quotes for Christians that’s easy to remember
The most popular rule of thumb when it comes to financial responsibility is the following: Put 20% on savings and investment, 30% on house rental or mortgage, 10-15% on transportation expenses, 20% on food, and only 10% on travel, leisure or what we call “flex money.”
Biblical financial stewardship is somewhat different and you only need to remember the following three things:
1. “Live below your means”
A common habit among “rags to riches” stories are spending much less than they can afford. They were frugal. Chinese immigrants of the 1900s barely had money. They worked hard, saved much, and shared their wealth with their community.
1 Timothy 6:8
But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these.
2. “Is it a need or a want”
Often, we buy on impulse or to make others think better of us. We justify it as need. The truth is, buying makes us feel good. For example, If your mobile phone works well, getting a replacement is a “want.” The issue is discontentment or even patience.
When you ask, you do not receive because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
3. “Tithe with joy”
A ten percent tithe is voluntary. You can give more or less than that. The principle is simple: Give back by trusting God for what He provides. It helps God’s workers spread the Gospel. Tithing is also a test of faith. Never give out of compulsion or with a regretful heart—God wants a cheerful giver!
2 Corinthians 9:6-7
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.