The last time I was legitimately unemployed was during the summer after my freshman year of college. I had no desire to return to the restaurant work I had done throughout high school, so I took to applying for a variety of jobs at other places. I spent about 2 1/2 weeks searching for work, but never really found anything. I eventually asked for my job at the restaurant back. As I prepare to graduate from college in a little over a week, I can’t help but think of how blessed I am to have a job.
I would say that my success in maintaining employment and thus financial security has come from three main areas: work ethic, strong saving habits, and an commitment to honoring God through my finances. I believe the first two items are pretty self explanatory, if not, feel free to contact me. However, I would like to explain what I mean by honoring God through finances.
Honoring God with our finances is extremely simple. It starts with a mentality that everything that we have belongs to him anyway. Collossians 1:16 says, “all things were created by him and for him.” Acknowledging that the Bible is God’s word means that you acknowledge this statement to be true.
Next, you act out of obedience and worship by tithing. Tithing is regularly giving to God a portion of your income. Tithing is not optional either. In Leviticus 27:30 it says, “A tithe of everything from the land whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord.” Abraham provides the model of tithing in the book of Genesis when he would give 10% of his income to the priest for God’s work. I too give a tenth of my income to God before spending money on anything else. This establishes God as the top priority in my life. There is some debate as to how much money we are to give, but I would say that you should give enough for it to be a sacrifice but not a burden.
I’ve been tithing since high school and I must say that I believe God has really blessed me for obeying this commandment. I see it in my employment situation and in my finances.