dark logo

Must-Have Financial Skills for Young Adults

FaithFi: Faith & Finance | Apr 18, 2024


Show Notes

Must-Have Financial Skills

The first “skill” is an attitude. The Bible says God owns everything, as in Psalm 24:1, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” Understand that nothing belongs to you, even you. You are a manager of God’s resources, which should change your perspective on money and material things.

The number two financial skill you’ll need is planning. “A dream without a plan is just a wish,” they say. And wishes won’t buy you a house. The fundamental planning tool we recommend is a budget, otherwise known as a “spending plan.” A budget keeps track of your income, giving, and spending, and gives you a picture of your progress towards meeting your financial goals. Download the free FaithFi app to get started.

The following fundamental financial skill everyone needs is work!  Maybe your dad always told you that “Money Doesn’t Grow on trees!” Annoying as that was, it’s the truth. So, start at the bottom if you have to, work hard, and develop your resume!

Colossians 3:23 and 24 see the key to successful work: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

The next skill is to open and manage a bank account. Then, make sure you develop habits of giving and saving from every paycheck. Watching your balance increase will encourage you to stick to your plan. Keeping track of your bank balance will also help you understand your limits. You can’t spend what isn’t there.

The following skill will also help you understand your limits. Learn about credit. Don’t fall into the trap of believing that a credit card equals permission to spend all you want. Instead, keep track of your balances, pay your balances in full every month, and watch your credit score.

Another essential financial skill you’ll need is an understanding of investing, including types of investments, risk, and return. Check out the great information at SoundMindinvesting.org.

Finally, admit you don’t know it all and learn where to go for solid financial advice. As Proverbs 15:22 says, “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers, they succeed.” Visit faithfi.com and click on the Community tab to chat online about your money questions.  

Or, ask someone you trust, who knows about finances, to help you.

Now more than ever, young adults need financial skills to succeed in the “real world”.  

Our challenge to our bright and hopeful “Gen Z” generation is to pursue a firm faith and financial literacy.  

On Today’s Program, Rob Answers Listener Questions:

  • My house is paid for, but I am considering moving and wondering if I can borrow from my 401(k) instead of going to the bank and getting a loan.
  • We have some stock that we want to sell and we want it to go to a charity so that we don’t have to pay taxes. How can we do that? 
  • I called in about an HSA vs. a traditional health care plan for my family and now we’re a family of six. I’m the only one who works as my wife is home with the four kids and we ended up picking the HSA to max it out financially. Six or seven years later, we’ve been maxing it out, and now I’ve rolled it over to an online investment brokerage. It’s still an HSA, but now I can put it into CD’s at 5% interest or in an index fund, so I just wanted to thank you for the advice and wisdom.

Resources Mentioned:

Remember, you can call in to ask your questions most days at (800) 525-7000. Faith & Finance is also available on the Moody Radio Network and American Family Radio. Visit our website at FaithFi.com where you can join the FaithFi Community and give as we expand our outreach.

dark logo

Where Faith Meets Finance

You May Also Like