Economic Security

The basic source for economic security

A person can experience economic security in his or her life only when his or her priority is the “kingdom” of God and “his righteousness”. Jesus told the crowd of people that followed him,

“You cannot serve both God and Money. Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.... See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:24-26, 28-33).

So the basic source for economic security in your life will be experienced as you live in a personal relationship with God in which he has priority!

Recognize the basic necessities of life

Jesus acknowledges in his above teaching that food and clothing are necessary physical resources for a person to sustain life. I think that physical shelter can be added to this list of the basic necessities of life. Every human body needs food in order to sustain its physical functions and protection from the natural elements of one’s environment that can cause harm. This means that anything beyond food, clothing, and shelter are only resources for a person’s comfort, not his or her physical survival.

Paul advised Timothy that...

“godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” (1 Timothy 6:6-10).

So when a person lives with his or her priorities on personal comforts and pleasures rather than being “content” with just having his her basic necessary resources, he or she is in danger of “ruin and destruction” and will not experience the economic security that comes from a life in which God has first priority.

Recognize and accept these basic economic facts of life

Take these practical steps to experience and to maintain economic security

Do not purchase any of the following commodities or items for yourself and your dependents with funds that you have to borrow; use cash that you have earned or saved.

Do not build or buy a house that is located on one of the following risky sites without very adequate insurance:

Do not expect the government to provide your resources to live or to take care of you throughout your life. No government is wealthy enough to do this or will have access to the necessary resources to do this for all of its citizens.

Conclusions regarding how to experience economic security

For further help with this matter of economics and giving God first place in your life, see these other statements on this website: “Introduction to what should be considered to be good”, “Sharing and basic economics”, “God’s work of redemption”, “What is Christian faith?”, and “The plan of salvation”.

The above Scripture quotations are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.