Theme: MANAGING RESOURCES EFFECTIVELY.
Text: “For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.” – Luke 14:28-30.
Comment: Adequate budgeting is a vital aspect of resource management. Jesus Christ admonished that one should plan first before putting his resources to build a house, and be sure that he can start and finish the project. Every household, group, and committee should operate on a budget, or a financial plan that is needed to manage the group’s resources effectively. Good managers use budget as a tool to plan and control the use of scarce resources. Those who can manage resources well are few. King Solomon says: “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” (Proverbs 20:6) Among the virtues of David as a youth was that he was “prudent in matters”. – 1 Samuel 16:18.
A good budgeting lets us know what we have and helps us to know when we need adjustment to our spending. Resource management is critical for organizations to ensure their resources are optimized and allocated to the right initiatives. It is in this wise that the Bible says that “a prudent man covereth shame”. – Proverbs 12:16.
We pray the Good Lord to provide for us and enable us to be prudent in the use of our resources for the benefit of His work in particular and the mankind in general.