Living without Financial Regrets

Living without Financial Regrets

If you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you?
—Luke 16:11

This week we will learn what the Bible says about how to live without financial regrets.

Several years ago I wrote a book entitled “Say Goodbye to Regret.” In preparing to write that book, I asked many people about their greatest regrets. For example, I asked a friend, “Do you have any regrets in life?” His immediate answer was no. Then he thought for a moment and said, “Well, I wish I had saved more money for my kids’ college education.” Now, this guy is very intelligent. He knew his children would go to college one day. He knew college was expensive, and he knew he didn’t have the present financial resources to pay for a college education. Yet he came to that significant time in his life unprepared.

It’s amazing to me how many of the regrets people voice have to do with some aspect of money—either saving, spending, or investing money. This week we will look at how to avoid coming to the end of your life without any tremendous regrets about your money.

The Bible has a great deal to say about money. Of the thirty-eight parables Jesus told, sixteen of them had to do with money. If you look at the synoptic Gospels—Matthew, Mark, and Luke—one-sixth of the content of those Gospels deals with the subject of money. Somebody has estimated that Jesus talked more about money than He did about heaven or hell. Why is that? Well, certainly money touches our lives every day in some way.

But Jesus also said that how we handle our money is a test of our faithfulness to God. In Luke 16:10–12, Jesus said, “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?” (NASB).

If you cannot be counted on to handle something as insignificant as money, do you think God will one day entrust true riches to you? Your ability to handle your money is a barometer of your faithfulness to God in other areas of your life.

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Today’s devotion is excerpted from “Living without Financial Regrets” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2009.

Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.