It took us a long time to figure out how to manage the resources that God had given to us in a God-pleasing way. For years, we spent more than we earned, living on credit, and going farther and farther into debt. After much hard work and sacrifice, we were able to turn things around and are much better at managing our finances.
One common regret I have is this: “If only I had known what I know now when I was 22 and getting started in my career.” How much farther ahead could I be? Because of this regret, we are determined to do everything possible to teach our kids how to handle money. One important lesson to learn is that when you work, you get paid.
The concept is easy to understand for most people, especially adults. You work and you get paid, or you don’t work and you don’t get paid. That’s just the way the world works. But it’s not God’s way.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
How do you get to heaven? Our whole lives we are conditioned to think that we “work” and then get “paid”. But God’s plan is different. There’s nothing you can do to get to heaven. God doesn’t have a log of all your good deeds that He’s counting to see if you’ve done enough to earn your place in heaven. Instead, He offers eternal life in Christ Jesus as a free gift for all people.
You see, heaven is not a “payment” for work done. Instead, it is a gift because of the work Jesus did on the cross. He suffered and died in your place, so that you could enjoy a place in heaven. There’s nothing you need to do, just believe Jesus and accept His gift.