Forces like social taboos, the intimidation factor, and embarrassment conspire to keep us from talking about money and improving our circumstances. “There are few things that can cause joy, shame, contentment, anxiety, and stress the way money does,” said Korrena Bailie, a financial journalist. “If your finances cause you stress and anxiety, it’s natural to want to keep this to yourself because you might feel embarrassed or ashamed about the decisions you made,” she said. “When you ignore your financial situation, minor problems happening on a regular basis build up to very substantial challenges.”
Failing to integrate biblical teaching into our financial life leads to a crucial part of our life not being influenced by the Spirit of God.
Therefore, we need to preach, teach, and model financial discipleship. Financial discipleship means:
• honoring God as the owner of everything (Lordship)
• being good stewards of His resources (Stewardship)
• sharing what we are entrusted with for His purposes (Generosity)
• passing on what we have learned to others (Discipleship)
It is a calling for believers to use God-given resources (time, money, talents, possessions, etc.) for His purposes, in His way, and for His glory. A lack of understanding about biblical stewardship is hurting Christians and churches in multiple ways. Money management is not merely a technical exercise: it is a spiritual discipline. Following Jesus in our financial life should be a major topic of learning for all believers. A healthy and bible-based financial teaching program has a huge impact on spiritual growth: it is an essential, if not critical, path of discipleship.