I have a tendency to like being in control. Are you like me?
When a person comes to Christ, confessing their sins to him, we sometimes refer to that moment of faith in two ways: as ‘Surrendering their life to Christ’ and as ‘Making Jesus the Lord and Savior of their life.” That first step of faith is a heart decision.
The second step of faith is to be obedient in baptism. Baptism is identifying with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection. It’s a way new believers tell the world they are ‘All In’ for following Jesus.
By taking these steps and referring to Jesus as Lord, it means they are now trusting him with everything. They’re trusting him with everything from their salvation to their daily meals. Unfortunately, people are often stubborn. Many people are like me and struggle to give up complete control.
One of the most common areas we hold onto is our finances.
This is made clear by how few Christians give a full tithe (10% on gross) to their local church. Christians aren’t trusting God with their wallets. So, you can trust God with your soul, just not your electric bill? Sounds funny when you think of it like that, doesn’t it?
I can tell you from personal experience that even though mathematically you’ll have less money when tithing, somehow God makes it work month after month. Why? Because you’re demonstrating that you trust him.
In my life, when I find myself stressing about finances…or anything for that matter…I’ve found surrendering it to God makes all the difference.
Here’s a great and true illustration I came across through The Rocket Company.
Baptizing Your Wallet
During the middle ages, churches would sometimes hire mercenaries to fight their battles.
Basically, the church or priest would hire some soldiers to do their dirty work. Now that would be a little strange today, but it was common practice then.
Before that mercenary could be sent into battle, the church needed to baptize them. Again, pretty strange and backwards from our point of view.
These mercenaries would hold their swords out of the water while the rest of their bodies were submerged, so that God would not control their weapons. Isn’t that interesting? The person was saying, God…you can do whatever you want with me, I give you control of my life, except for my sword…I’m in control of that.
A lot of people approach their faith like that. They want to trust God and follow Jesus, only not in this one specific area. Many times, finances is that one area. It’s like we’re being baptized, but holding our wallet out of the water…as if we’re saying, “God, I’ll follow you in all these areas…except when it comes to money.”
I think those mercenaries missed out on something, and I think we miss out on something too when we don’t trust God in all areas of our life…including our finances.
Surrender Your Finances
I’ve been making monthly budgets for my wife and I for nearly six years now. Over those six years, due to career changes and transitioning from both working to her at home raising our kids, our income has fluctuated significantly. There have been times I wasn’t sure how the month would work.
Truthfully, I wasted a lot of hours worrying and stressing over numbers long before taking it to the Lord in prayer. Once I did, two things happened: I had peace about out finances, and God helped me work it out.
If you want to find true financial peace, and to truly enjoy your money again, you need to trust God with your finances. You need to surrender your finances. Once you do that you’ll be able to give generously and cheerfully and God will take care of you.
Surrendering your finances to God is the one decision that will rescue your finances from worry and stress.
Have you baptized your wallet…budget…checkbook…paycheck?