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Biblical Financial Wisdom

BiblicalGiven the work we’re in, you might think we love looking at spreadsheets and crunching numbers. But really our passion is to listen and help people become good stewards of their money. The number one way we do that is to help people figure out what they are passionate about and the ways God has gifted them.

We work hard to make sure the services we provide clients are rooted in biblical principles around money. Why do you think money is the second most referenced topic in the Bible? Because we need a lot of wisdom when it comes to our involvement with money. When we really listen to a person and hear their passion and help them to discover what God is calling them to do – trust is built. With that trust, we can share some time-tested principals that improve people’s relationship with money.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the biblical principles we operate from and how they connect with your gifts and your passion.

Abundant Life

Too often, people think that if they just had enough money they would be happy. This is such a flawed mindset. It’s not about the treasure you accumulate on earth. Don’t get us wrong, we definitely want people to gain a sense of security when it comes to money – so that means having enough on hand. But ultimately, God is the source of that security. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth…”, Jesus tells his disciples in the book of Matthew, chapter six.

At the same time, God wants us, in the words of Jesus, “to have life and to have it more abundantly.” We feel like our job is all about helping people define what abundant life means to them. Every single time, we see this circle back to people’s passions and gifts. That process of discovery, and then working in an uncommon way to help them make the most of those gifts and passions, is the best part of our job. We get to see a lot of abundant living first hand and it is incredibly satisfying.

Stewardship

A related biblical principle we operate under is the idea of stewardship. Each of us has been given talents – gifts to be used not just to make ourselves feel good but to make the world a little bit better.

Stewardship rests on the understanding that everything we have belongs to God already. People are caretakers of the gifts, talents, and passions we are given. Jesus told a story about this – the parable of the talents – where the master of the house entrusted talents to two of his servants.  One of them invested his talents and doubled his investment. But the other servant just hid away what was entrusted to him. Hiding away our gifts – our talents – is not what God intends. Our work here at Uncommon Wealth Partners is to help people to be good stewards of the financial gifts they have been entrusted with.

What You Can Do Right Now

Here are some ways you can start to live a life of abundance with a mindset of stewardship:

  • Be a cheerful giver. What you have belongs to God, and you can’t take it with you.
  • Live within your means. Always try to be saving each month.
  • Try to not go into a lot of debt.
  • Use your gifts to serve others and glorify God.

To be clear, we don’t expect everyone we work with to come from the same belief system. But we think it helps you to know where we are coming from.

When it comes down to it, as we listen to people who come to us, and begin to understand their passion and how God has gifted them, this passage from 1 Timothy sums up our desire in helping them achieve their goals:

“As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19