So what do we do? How do we create financial margin? It really is the most simple and obvious answer, you either earn more, or spend less. That’s it, both or either will work. Earn more, spend less. That’s the very obvious answer. If you want to create margin, do that. That’s as simple as it gets.
But I guess every one of you are smart enough to know that already. You know that, but the problem is most people are not doing that, because there is a deeper root issue. I want to try to answer the deeper root problem that will help us to create margin.
How do we get beyond just the practical, but into the spiritual? How do we create margin? The very simple answer is this; you must put God first in your finances. Just like our time, we must put God first. You must put God first, because in our world we tend to come first. If we want it, we are going to get it.
Remember this verse ” seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, then everything else will be added unto us”. When we seek Him first, and I am not just talking about the tithe, although that is a big part of it, but I am talking about being prayerful, about being close to God, about genuinely asking Him, “God, how would you have me manage the resources that you entrust to my care?” About sincerely seeking His will and His direction. When we put Him first, we are going to see three of the most incredible benefits in our lives, and truthfully, many, many more.
1) You will experience God’s blessings. – Malachi 3:8-10; Scripture tells us, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse”. Bring 10% of what God trusts to us into the house of God, that there may be food in my house. God says, “Test me in this,” (you don’t believe me, put me to the test!) ” and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”
2) When you put Him first in your finances, you will become supernaturally content. – When you seek Him, when you pray, when you ask for His divine direction and His wisdom for what you do with the resources He entrusts to your care, you will become supernaturally content. Proverbs 15:16;. It’s better to have a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.” It’s better to have an older car that you can pay for, then the new car with stressful debt.
3) You will end up with more of what matters. – You will, you may not have what everyone else wants physically, but you will have what no one else has spiritually. You will end up with more of what matters. Proverbs 8:18-19; God was talking about wisdom, which is really Himself, He says, “With me are riches and honour. With me are lasting wealth and success. My fruit is better than fine gold. My gifts are better than the finest silver.”
Don’t give up the blessings of margin, for the things of this world that do not last. When you put Him first, you will experience His blessings. You will be supernaturally content, and I promise you, you will have more of what truly matters. The choice is yours. It is not an income issue. It is a lifestyle issue. The choice is yours, you first, or God first? Putting God first is better.