Oh boy…here is a topic that seems to stir up an emotion charged response from so many people. Whether that response is positive or negative the topic of money always comes with extreme human emotion. So where does God stand when it comes to money?
Money is referenced over 140 times throughout the bible, not including references to other currency, and sin, in general, is the only issue that exceeds money in the number of times mentioned. I have two verses that resonate with me:
“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many grief’s.”
1 Timothy 6:10
As with everything in our lives, it is a choice…..we can choose to focus all of our attention on where we stand financially or we can work on trying to balance our attention. If we choose to praise God first and trust in him he will provide for us as he knows what we need. The key to this is he is not looking to fulfill your wants but your needs and not on your time table but in time within his plan for your life.
I have tried the shortcut early in my faith journey…I would say to God, “please bless me with this amount of money and I promise I will do good things with it”. God knew my heart at that time and knew I wasn’t ready. In fact, you have heard about lottery winners who have had horrible lives after winning a substantial amount of money in one shot…..that is not God but evil providing those winnings as the evil forces of this world know how easy it is to distract us from looking toward God and will use everything it has to keep us away from God.
If you sit down and really look at your financial situation and look at the needs of your life…shelter, food, water, clothes…and lift it up to God and truly trust in him you will be blessed. If you are blessed with more than you need than begin to share it. You were blessed to be a blessing. If you think you don’t have enough to share start small by buying a coffee or a meal for the car behind you at the drive thru window. If you need more ideas there is a great blog at http://projectlighttolife.wordpress.com/ that I follow and the author Christine has several amazing ideas about how to be a blessing to others.
In closing, don’t let money control your life…don’t let it be the master of your journey. Appreciate what you do have and begin to find ways to share with others. Find ways to put money to work for you and for God by giving and it will come back to you over and over again.