So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
I'm speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it's important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him. (Romans 12:1-3, The Message)
The world wants Christians to conform to its system of money management, but what exactly are the characteristics of the world's system?
- lack of integrity
- attitude of lack and the need for more (discontent)
- get rich quick mindset
- living paycheck to paycheck
According to Roman's 12:1-3, what should the transformed, Biblical financial mindset look like:
- Placed before God as an offering (v. 1)
- Not fitting into the world's culture without thinking (v. 1)
- Focused on God (v. 2)
- Seeking His will (v. 2)
- Mature. Don't allow the culture to drag you down to its level of financial immaturity (v. 2)
- Grateful for what God has given to you (v. 3)
- Responsible (v. 3)
- Reliant on God - He brings all goodness to us (v. 3)