Dec 28, 2014

A gullible person believes anything, but a sensible person watches his step. (Prov 14:15 GW)

Looking well into the matter by diligently doing your homework before investing is a must if you want a higher probability of making a profit. Haste almost always leads to a bad outcome.

The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. Prov 21:5

But may I suggest that your research and preparation go beyond what's of this world - money, accumulation, investments, economy, etc. Search your heart to see if it's still right with God.

Before investing, ask yourself these questions:

1)   Is money becoming my source of security?
God is the source of your family's security. 
"He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge" (Prov 14:26)

2)   Am I putting too much confidence in myself - skills, connections and hard work?
God, not yourself, is the source of all blessings. 
"The blessing of the Lord brings wealth." (Prov 10:22)

3)   Am I starting to base my worth and value on my net worth?
We may have different roles in the society but in the eyes of God, we are all equal. 
"Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all" (Prov 22:2)

4)   Am I putting my trust in money to solve all my household problems?
Peace that transcends even the worst of life’s turmoils comes from God. 
"Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting with strife" (Prov 17:1)

5)   Am I starting to compromise my standards and values for money?
Regardless if you’re rich or poor, it’s best to live a life of integrity for God blesses such.  
"Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a rich man whose ways are perverse" (Prov 28:6)

6)   Am I looking for easy-money-making schemes?
God blesses hard work and diligence and He finds laziness repugnant.
"Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth (Prov 10:4)

7)   Am I teaching my family more about money than God and character?
We are so good at hiding greed behind our religious talk but be warned - "A greedy man brings trouble to his family" (Prov 15:27)

8)   Does money control whether I’m going to choose to be generous?
The pressing needs of this world never run out and God calls every Christian to give. "If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered" (Prov 21:13)

In this world, you can succeed. But that’s just the beginning. Will you use it to serve God’s purposes and experience true and lasting fulfillment or will you squander it some other ways and chase after the wind? 

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? (Matt 16:26)

Happy Stewarding Christ's Gifts!

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