It is very possible that we continue to come up short in our finances because we just don’t have enough. It is also very possible that we don’t budget correctly. Meaning, finding out how much money we have coming in and itemizing our expenses to see if we have enough to pay out. Budgeting will give us an estimation of our living conditions. Economically speaking, budgets will somewhat dictate how we will live (whether we approve of it or not).
The flaws in our budgeting come from our deciphering between what we feel is NECESSARY. What we “need” and what we want could be two separate ideas. To know the difference, ask a true homeless person whose request is usually a coat, gloves, socks, blanket, ride and most always anything to eat. But shamefully we would mention things in our budget list like the beautician, movies, Jordan shoes, McDonalds, and Christmas as “NECESSITY”.
Then we wonder why we can never make ends meet. Why? Because certain items shouldn’t be listed in our budgets as necessity. And what’s not in the budget should not be included in our expenses to be paid out for that period.
In Philippians 4:15 Paul was appreciative of the financial support and help that the Philippians gave him. In verse 16, For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. They sent once again unto his NECESSITY (or what he NEEDED) not what HE WANTED according to verse 17. Not because I desire (seek) a gift: But I desire (seek) fruit that may abound to your account.
The next verse was an example of what he needed… SOMETHING HE COULD OFFER THAT WAS WELL-PLEASING TO GOD!!! Verse 18. But I have all, and
abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well- pleasing to God.
The next verse is the key: verse 19. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Notice, the word “need” is singular not plural meaning they ALL NEEDED (not all wanted) the one thing.
God shall supply “ALL” with necessity… Christ Jesus is NECESSARY!!!!
Our budgeting starts with having Christ Jesus first and once we have him, all the other things shall be added Matt. 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Since God is our supplier for NECESSITY, his budget only includes what we will NEED to offer him what is well-pleasing to him. So this excludes the indulgence of our flesh. Believe it or not, all of us make or receive enough financially for necessity, but we include our fleshly “wants” into the necessity budget when God did not intend for it to be there. IT’S NOT IN HIS BUDGET!!
NEXT TIME YOU COME UP SHORT FINANCIALLY AND/OR SPIRITUALLY, GO BACK AND FIND OUT WHAT YOU ADDED TO HIS BUDGET THAT WASN’T INTENDED TO BE THERE… I GUARANTEE IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH YOUR FLESH. STICK TO HIS BUDGET AND I GUARANTEE YOU WON’T LACK FINANCIALLY OR SPIRITUALLY.