Jesus is clear that money will try to steal our affection, time, and heart away from God. He plainly states, you cannot serve both "God and mammon". Mammon was the Syrian god of riches. Today, we may not bow down to idols, but our hearts still get wrapped around money. Working late, sacrificing family time (notice the word sacrifice, like what people used to do for idols), lying on taxes, not putting God first in our finances, being unwilling to share or give when the Lord nu
The Bible tells us to, "be diligent", to know the state of our flocks and herds. If we're going to diligently manage what belongs to the Lord, then we have to sit down and come up with a plan (budget) for the resources He has entrusted to us. First you create a budget for the money, before it even comes in, then you sit & pray, asking the Lord what He wants you to do with the money. Are there places in your budget He is asking you to change? The goal is to have the Lord to, "