This is a very simple concept and will alleviate most of your money struggles and marriage arguments.
Credit cards are a tool when you are in a great need. It is always best to play them off each month.
What credit cards are not, is being your money! They are not your income or your entitlement, they are not what you need or what you deserve. When we get this, we will be on the right track of money management.
This is all about telling your money what to do, not allowing your desires to ‘defund’ you. If you can’t manage a credit card, do not have one. Stick to a debit card and have a good budget to guide you.
Do not misjudge yourself; rather, seek Him and let your confidence be in whom you are in Him, not in how others respond to you! Allow yourself to be used! It is each Believer’s responsibility to find, develop, and exercise the talents and gifts given to him or her (1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 12:7,11). How we are to behave and interact with one another is governed by the Spirit working through each of us with these gifts (see our Spiritual Gifts Channel). We must acknowledge our role in the Body; there are no lone wolves in Christ! We have a duty to fulfill, and a role to play. When we refuse to find and use our gifts, we not only hurt ourselves, but each other and our Lord! The Spirit empowers us beyond just the “natural talent” (1 Corinthians 2:14-15; Galatians 1:15-16;1 Peter: 5). At His second coming, Jesus will be looking for those who are prepared and faithful. Are you prepared and faithful, using what He has given to His glory in a faithful way? Yes we will fail; we will forget; we will miss opportunities. The important thing is to not let fear captivate you; rather, do your best in striving to use what He gives. Because, not doing anything is what is wicked; failing is not wicked!
Do not allow yourself to become prideful, lazy, or conceited in your outlook toward others. This thinking is straight from another source other than the Bible and God’s call (Matthew 28)! Satan does not want you to discover your gifts; he wants you to ignore your responsibility and nurture of one another!
The question we need to be asking today is, how do you think God feels when we do not put to use what He gives us? What does it mean to you that our God trusts you with His most valuable goods and people? What have you done? What will you do? Do you really believe that real wealth in life is not in money, but rather in relationships and obedience? If not, why? If so, why? What happens when we allow our fear to take us over? How can you take comfort that God only gives us the opportunities to match the abilities He has given us? How would this help you eradicate your fear? What do you need to do to allow Christ to let your confidence be who you are in Him, and not in how others respond to you? How would this help you learn and be confident in witnessing? What do you believe God has given you? What have you done with it? Where do you invest what He gives you? How do you make it count for His glory?
The answer to these questions will put you on the right track to the percepts Jesus is communicating!
Looking at Biblical historical considerations and Inductive and Deductive examination of Matthew 25: 14- 30
This discussion section centers on an inductive analyses of the passage and a deductive analyses of key words and precepts in their historical and contextual context.
This parable is also about the importance of being prudent and being prepared, as with the parable about the virgins. This parable is not about money management, although the principles do apply. Rather, it was given to admonish us to be productive. This passage shows us how fear destroys opportunity. The principle factor that caused the wicked servant to bury the talent was fear! Even though the servant thought he did the right thing, Jesus has some harsh words for those who let fear rule their lives. Yes, He is compassionate and gives us grace; but, when we allow fear to take over, it becomes wicked as it blocks His work from dwelling within us, and causes us to forsake our opportunities and responsibilities. Instead of being faithful, as we are called to be, we become the “pew sitter” who is of no use.
We are called to overcome fear; He gives us the Spirit and other tools to do so. This takes “spunk,” and the willingness to take a risk and go beyond ourselves, our experience, and our knowledge into what is best for the body of Christ.
This passage is also about where we invest what He gives us. Remember, these talents are the abilities and opportunities that He gives us! They are to help us stretch and grow beyond what we think we can do. How we use them is up to us, we can use them to benefit us, use them in others lives, use them in Him or we can do what is foolish. However, when we are in Christ, do we waste what He gives? Take comfort; God only gives us the opportunities to match the abilities He has given us. Thus, the work is not to tough it, and it is OK not to succeed; it is only when we refuse to follow and be used that it is considered wicked.