The Heart of Christian Finances

What role does God desire in our lives, including our finances and investment decisions?  I suggest three heart issues which I think are important for Christian's as we seek to manage our lives and money in obedience and relationship to Him.

Our Greatest Treasure and Pleasure

As Christian investors, we must see God as our greatest treasure. Our hearts and lives must be kept centered in Him. Obtaining, securing, and increasing our wealth, even if that wealth is used for His purposes, is no substitute for treasuring God above all.

To invest more time, thought, energy, research, and emotional energy in our finances than we invest in enjoying His presence reveals that our pleasures are misplaced. Our pleasure is to be in Him.

As the Psalmist wrote, “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods” (Psalm 63:3-4).

The Source of Our Confidence

Not only is our pleasure to be in God, our confidence is to be Him, not in our own human efforts.

Hebrews puts it this way: “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?’” (Heb. 13:5-6).

The Recipient of Our Gratitude and Praise

If our pleasure and confidence are in God, then our gratitude should flow to Him as well. The Christian investor understands that God is the source of our blessings and “the giver of every good gift."

As King David prayed: “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours….Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name” (1 Chr. 29:10-13).