By Felix A. Montelara
1 Corinthians 16:2 ESV / 18 helpful votes
On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come.
2 Corinthians 9:6 ESV / 13 helpful votes
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
In the last episode of Potential Millionaire, I not only discussed the importance of saving money, but also exactly how much money to save and where to save it. Let’s be certain to understand that we save money not to hoard it or lord it over others, but actually to act as good stewards and thankful recipients of God’s bounty. There are a number of Biblical Scripture passages that support my point. First, let’s take 1 Corinthians 16:2, which states that “On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come.” 1 Corinthians is advocating exactly what I discussed last week- that we must diligently set aside money to save each and every time we have income. No matter the size of the amount saved- it is the action of retaining that piece of our income before we do our spending that really allows us to accumulate wealth. The Bible instructs us to live by conserving what we have, not only in times of distress, but every day. When we save daily and weekly, we grow our savings so that in our times of need we can rely on ourselves. We can help ourselves because we have an emergency fund, and we can enjoy life to a fuller extent because we can save for our goals and attain them. Would you like to go on vacation? Buy a new car? A television? These are things that can be saved for too- so that when the day comes that we have enough, we can proudly purchase these items using God’s bounty- and not the credit of a lender.
2 Corinthians has more to instruct us with about saving. 2 Corinthians 9:6 states, “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” The Bible is telling us that we must make a conscious effort to care for, save, and then yes, use, God’s bountiful gifts. But only those who put in the time and effort will see the fruit of their labors. There is no get rich quick scheme that is sustaining- there is no magic pill for success. Friends, what I am advocating is nothing more than good, honest work both outside and inside your household. It takes work to make a budget and follow it. It takes work to work to save money. It takes effort and discipline to do these things. Yes, everyone has millionaire potential, and the Bible provides us with the directions on how to achieve it: Carefully saving, diligently working, and gratefully watching over our households and money. These are the keys for unlocking our millionaire potential.
- The Potential Millionaire Golden Rule # 5 Save 10 to 15 % (potencialmillonario.com)
- How To Create an Emergency Fund (potencialmillonario.com)
- The Rich Rules Over The Poor And The Borrower Is Servant To The Lender (potencialmillonario.com)
- Making It Count (pastoryoder.wordpress.com)
- 7 Reasons Why You’re Not A Millionaire (lifehack.org)