Christian Financial Alliance: The Importance of Thankfulness

The Christian Financial Alliance  was created to help readers.  The idea is this:  Create a panel of biblical finance gurus.  People who take seriously the call to teach the Bible accurately with grace and truth.  Once a month, we post a question with a response from our panel to provide you with well-rounded, sound, biblical advice.  For more on the Christian Financial Alliance (or to join our team) click here.

“What is the role of ‘thankfulness’ in Biblical finance?”

“I think thankfulness keeps us grounded. When we know our provision is from Someone else and not ourselves (Deut. 8:18), it keeps us humble and, in my opinion, more diligent and conservative in how we handle our finances. As a result we tend to do things that contribute to wealth creation: work harder, watch how we spend our money, avoid debt, and so forth.”-

“I understand thankfulness to have two distinct and yet related roles in Biblical finance. The first is assisting with contentment. By being thankful for what we have, we can more easily avoid consumerism and the unhealthy drive to buy more stuff than we need. Similarly, thankfulness also helps remind us of the importance of giving. Being thankful communicates gratitude for something that someone else has done. After all, it’s rare that you hear someone say that they are thankful for something that they have done themselves by their own power. Thankfulness implies an external force. Whether it is God or someone else in our lives (or both), we become inspired to help others because of the positive influence that others have had on our lives.” –

“We can choose to focus on all we have, or we can can choose to focus on all we don’t have.  Thankfulness, or the lack thereof, shows which way we are looking.  To put it another way, thankfulness is a fruit of real contentment.  When we are truly thankful it shows we are putting our treasure, our hearts, and our sense of purpose in Christ…not in the next thing on our list.” –

“Thankfulness really comes down to the idea of God blessing us when we don’t deserve anything at all.  In fact, we deserve to starve because of our separation with sin.  However, God’s grace swoops in and blesses us beyond belief (not necessarily financially).  We need to be thankful for what God provides financially and then be great stewards.” –

“Thanksgiving is an essential element to a healthy financial situation that honors God.  Our giving is motivated by our ability to be thankful.  As Christians, we give according to what we have received (2 Cor. 8:11).  If we do not recognize the kindness and generosity of God in Christ, then we exempt ourselves from giving, and we turn inward.  However, whenever we open ourselves to all that God has done, our hearts will be open to share those amazing blessings with others.  The good news is that when we share, it results in even more thanksgiving to God (2 Cor. 2:11).” -

“I think being thankful to God for all he has done for us, and all he has entrusted us with is key to having godly contentment and being able to have a right relationship with money where greed and pride in our own accomplishment don’t have a place.  But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. Ephesians 5:3-4  Being thankful allows us to realize that everything we have has been given to us by God, and we are only stewards.  It helps to keep us humble and be more appreciative of what we have.” –

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