This week I am giving you four words that are the keys to your financial turnaround. Yesterday I gave you the first one, BUDGET. If you want to read that post, click here. Otherwise, here is your second word.
Word #2, Work - 2 Thessalonians 3:10, Proverbs 13:4
In 2 Thessalonians Paul was addressing a small group of Christians who thought that if Christ was going to return soon, why work? The problem is that the longer the return of Christ lingered, they became an increasing burden on the church. They felt as if it was the obligation of the church to provide for them during their time of elective unemployment. Paul sent them a very clear message, you don’t work, you don’t eat. Your choice!
There is no way to justify lazy. People who elect not to work place undue burden on people who do. Why? Because everything costs something.
Budgeting works best when there is a healthy income stream. Cutting wasteful spending is critical, but budgeting also helps you see that with a better cash flow your situation may be able to change quickly. You may become more motivated to work harder for a promotion. You may see room to take on a side job or two to help fill the gap.
Work the plan and plan to work!
Furthermore, there is a dignity to work. The Bible says that when God created the earth, that he put man in the garden to tend and to keep it (Gen. 2:7ff). A lot of people misunderstand the creation and fall story in Genesis 1-3. Work was not the curse. Man was given work to do before he was cursed in sin. Harder work, work that doesn’t work, working and it not working - that’s the curse (Gen. 3:18-19)!
The Bible places a dignity on work. It is right for us to contribute to our society whether it be by making high level decisions about the economy or serving tables in a restaurant, there is dignity in all of it. There is no dignity in deciding to be dependent if one is able to work. It is a part of our purpose to be the images of a God who is always at work. Let’s go to work!
Now you have the first two words of the equation. BUDGET + WORK + ________ + ________ = your financial turnaround! I will give you word #3 tomorrow. Don’t miss it.
Until then, answer me this. What motivates you in your job? Do you enjoy what you do? Why or why not? Please scroll to the bottom of the page and share your thoughts.