Over the years I’ve found that many of us vow to make changes in our financial habits and practices at the beginning of each new year. Because we vow to also make other changes like eating healthier and losing weight, focusing on the money often takes place after the first 30 days of the new year has started if at all. After all, you must restock the fridge with those healthy foods, and get those new running shoes right?
I take the process of creating financial goals and plans as a serious matter and I want you to do the same. As Christians, we serve a God that is owner and ruler of all things and he requires us to be faithful in the possessions that He has entrusted to us. The best way to get started in managing money following Christian biblical principles is to set financial goals.
Here’s four reasons why every Christian should have financial goals
1. We should be purposeful with money entrusted to us.
We are created for a purpose. We should operate with that purpose in mind at all times. Setting financial goals creates the framework that will govern the way that we handle money and money matters.
2. We want to avoid money “drift”.
A drift is a slow gradual movement or change from one place to another. If you’ve ever not remembered what was done with a sum of money you’ve received, you’ve experienced money drift. Sound financial goals gives you the reason to not let your feelings control what you do with money.
3. Financial goals help us to do our part.
God as promised us that he will supply all of our needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus and that he will give us the desires of our hearts if we delight ourselves in Him. That’s his part. He also instructs us to do our part. With money, being found as a faithful manager is a requirement. Adopting financial goals helps us to do our part better!
4. We want to align our actions His word.
The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.
Proverbs 21:5 NKJV
Having financial goals motivates us to develop a financial plan. We’re diligent when we continually pursue what we’re seeking. Scripture in the bible book of Proverbs confirms that the plan of the diligent surely lead to plenty. Aligning to this word (and many others that encourage us to manage money faithfully) is a sure way to financial promotion.
Let’s set clear and achievable financial goals that align with God’s words. Need help with this? Stay tuned and I’ll show you how!