One of the most important things we can do when it comes to money is to save it. Unfortunately, sometimes we have a negative connotation about saving money.
Saving money does not have to be a selfish act. It really depends on the attitude of the one saving. However, the antidote is not for us to avoid saving money. The antidote is to change our attitude towards money.
Money is not evil. Our love of money can be evil, but not money itself. Money is amoral. It is neither good nor bad. It is our attitude toward money that is either good or evil.
1 Timothy 6:10, says; “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (NIV). It becomes a problem when we love money or are eager for it. There is nothing evil about being wise with our money as long as we are not eager, greedy, and in love with it.
Saving money is a wise action as long as it does not come from a place of greed. Saving money for an emergency, to make a specific purchase, or even wealth building is not an evil act. It is actually more biblical than going into debt which our society seems to have little to no problem with doing.
I would like to suggest a paradigm shift…. a change of thinking about money. It’s what I would consider a wise a biblical approach to money.
Romans 12:2, says; “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (NIV). Our view of money may need a paradigm shift, a change in thinking, a renewing of our mind. The last I checked the average savings in the United States is -2.2%. That is correct, we have more debt than we do savings in this country.
I want to leave you with one more passage out of the Bible. Proverbs 6:6-8, says; Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest” (NIV).
According to this verse, it is wise to save. If you want to reach your God-given potential it may be time to have a “renewing of your mind” when it comes to your finances. Just a thought.
We will look more at the basic reason to save money in this week’s upcoming blogs.
What are your thoughts on saving money?
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