Money: Currency of the world, captor of your heart?
I mean in the great big scheme of things does God really care that much about money? Isn’t money just a means to an end? He really can’t care that much about money. Can He?
If you want to see God’s emphasis on money, one has to look no further than His word: the Bible. Holy Scripture offers more than 2,300 verses regarding money and possessions. What about Jesus? Jesus devoted over 15% of His recorded words to this one subject. Why did the Savior of the world say more about how we should handle money and possessions than any other single thing? What does He know about money and possessions that we don’t? God expects us to use the resources He gives us to best carry out our responsibilities. “Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.” [1 Cor 4:2]. God clearly knows where we place our treasures, our hearts surely follow!
Money is used by God for the three T’s: as a Tool, as a Test, and as A Testimony.
A TOOL to teach you things. If you’re in deep debt, are you learning? Have you opened yourself to receive God’s blessings by practicing His biblical principles and by giving to His work?
A TEST of where your true love is centered. In Luke 16:11-13 Jesus reveals the test. He says that you cannot serve God and money. He doesn’t say you shouldn’t serve both or that you aren’t a nice person if you do serve both. Jesus says you can’t serve both money and God. Have you made your choice? This doesn’t mean you can’t be wealthy and a Christ-follower. It is about your priorities: Where do you spend your time and money? On things with earthly value or things with eternal value?
A TESTIMONY of what is most important to you. Money can help you show the world that you are different because of God. You are not to consider yourself better, but you should be different than the world. It’s when we use wealth for kingdom purposes that the world can truly see how we are different.
Do your finances reflect your faith?