Faithful in Handling Finances

“The servant . . . said, ‘Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.’ The master was furious. ‘That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that!’” Matthew 25:24–26 (MSG)

Pastor Rick often says, “I want everyone on my staff to make at least one bigmistake a week. If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not trying anything new.” His point is that he dioesn’t want us to be afraid to try something innovative and creative, even if it means risking failure. There should be no small dreams for those belonging to God.

In Matthew 25, Jesus spoke about three servants. One servant was given ten talents and he doubled the Master’s money through prudent investment. The second servant was given five talents, which he doubled through prudent investment. The third servant was given one talent, but he buried the whole amount in a hole. In essence, he said, “I don’t want to lose it. I don’t want to take any risks.”

When the Master found out, he was furious. Eugene Peterson paraphrases the Master’s response as: “That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least?” (Matthew 25:26 MSG).

Pastor Rick teaches there is another word for risk-taking--it’s faith. And, if we’re walking in a way that does not require faith, then we’re being faith-less.

Jesus says, when we walk in faith, “Everything is possible for him who believes” (Mark 9:23 NIV).

Learn More About a Biblical Approach to Your Budget
Saddleback Resources offers Managing Our Finances God’s Way, a 7-week, video-based study for small groups or individuals that will inspire you to live debt-free and/or manage finances in a way that enables you to respond to God’s calling on your life.

Jon Walker is the author of Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s ‘The Cost of Discipleship' managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Devotionals. © 2011 Jon Walker. Used by permission.

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