Guest Post, from our MOPS devotional, shared by Paola Jones, one of the MOPS Steering Team, this past Monday.
Psalm 16:11 You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” Matthew 6:24 (NIV)
So, I like to shop…can anyone here relate? Shopping is relaxing. A sort of escape….that’s until I have to go to the check out and actually give my money away! If you know me you, you know that I’m on a budget. My wonderful husband has been making a budget for us for the last almost 11 years. I can’t stand it. I do better some months than others but for the most part..I don’t like to stick with my budget. Before I know it, I’m scraping the bottom of my cute wallet two weeks before the end of the month.
Well, not too long ago we decided it was time to get a hold of our finances. It was time to do right by God by becoming good stewards with our money. We read Dave Ramsey’s book and began our first steps. You would assume that having had to stick to a budget for so many years meant that we were doing pretty well on our finances. Well, we weren’t. Between student loans, car loan, credit card and a mortgage we have accrued a lot of debt! Most importantly we were not tithing like we knew we should.
We have since realized that we have been serving money over our loving and gracious God. It was truly a slap-in-the-face to not only realize to what degree we were dishonoring Him, but how far we had to go to make things right – that is to say, to gain control over our money, give adequately to God’s church and build the kind of wealth that would allow us to further serve beyond tithing.
Initially, it seemed our first step should be to payoff some debt. Instead, we trusted scripture and moved first to give a 10% tithe knowing there is no possible way to out-give God. While it seemed so counterintuitive to attack our debt by adding a ‘payment’ if you will, this small step would quickly prove God’s plan.
So, with a plan in place and through God’s guidance, we can say we will be free of debt other than our mortgage by the end of the year and well on our way to true financial freedom. We know it won’t be an easy road…our choices won’t be the most popular… but we are now excited to serve the Lord with what He has so graciously given us. Instead of buying pleasures on earth, we are filled with the joy of His presence and motivated by the eternal pleasures to come at His right hand.
Thanks, Paola, for allowing me to share your devotion. I was so refreshing to see tears in her eyes as she read the last few lines– truly from a humble heart that has found her deepest joy in His presence.
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