Other people’s money!

This past weekend I preached on the topic of money at a local church. During the service I asked this question, “Is it easier to spend your money or someone else’s money?” Let’s be honest—if Bill Gates gave you his credit card would you have trouble spending on his card? No! You would shop with joy, and at the most expensive places. After all it’s not your money.

Even my wife last night said, “I look at stuff I can buy with my allowance but I don’t buy it, don’t want to spend my allowance money.” However, she admitted that, “spending money from the “house budget,” an envelope we keep for house improvement/furniture is not a problem at all. Why? Because spending someone else is money is easy.

Nevertheless, some individuals get into debt because they too are spending someone else’s money. They are using their “future self’s” money for present gratification. They keep borrowing for the now, stealing their future because they want it now. People, don’t you get tired of that game? Debt will rob you of your future. It will make the future unpleasant. This type of thinking spills into churches, too.

Imagine this scenario. You have a board room full of people who are in debt without a plan. Individuals who are taught that the usage of debt is the way to get ahead. How do you think they are going to manage the church‘s money? Remember, it is easier to spend someone else’s money. This is why at times you find churches heavily in debt. Broke people managing lots of money is never a recipe for winning. That is why we have to make sure our ministers know how to properly manage their money. Read this quote below.

“No man [or woman] is excusable for being without financial ability. Of many a man it may be said, He is kind, amiable, generous, a good man, a Christian; but he is not qualified to manage his own business. As far as the outlay of means is concerned, he is a mere child. He has not been brought up by his parents to understand and to practice the principles of self-support.” {AH 93.1}

When it comes to personal finances and the churches finances we can’t have children leading. Let‘s do better personally and corporately.

Get a plan and stick to it, follow these steps. I recommend this book as a start. The Total Money Make Over!

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask here. Take charge of your money!

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Gio Marin

P.S. Day 318 please pray for the 7.2 million goal for 2020


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