We live in a world that is obsessed with money. As a whole:
People love money
People live for money
People believe that money will solve at least most of their problems.
It would not be an over-statement that people worship money. They love to make it, have it and spend it on themselves. On the other hand, God expects His followers to understand and reflect His view of money.
Here are seven spiritual truths every Christ follower should follow:
1. God owns everything and man manages His property
The concept of God’s ownership is introduced in the very first verse of the Bible. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…
2. God is the source of all wealth
Since God owns everything, everything we see comes from the hand of God. The tendency is to think otherwise. Deut. 8:17
3. You cannot serve both God and wealth God expects us to have money without becoming addicted to it. God expects us to have money without becoming addicted to it. Luke 18:18-22
4. The love of money is a root cause of many problems
The love of money will rob you of contentment. Eccl. 5:1 The love of money hurts your relationship with God 1 Timothy 6:9-10
5. God blesses the person who honors God with his wealth.
God teaches us to invest our money in His Kingdom 2 Cor. 9:6-7
6. Earthly riches are temporal. Treasures in heaven are eternal Mt. 6:19
7. When God has your money; He has your heart. Mark 12:41-44
Recently my wife and I finally found time to go through my clothes closet and sorted out clothes I no longer wore. It was really enlightening. My wife, who has a much better memory than me, pointed out shirts that I have had for over 10 years! (Is that a record?) Needless to say, I have a lot more room in my closet.There are now more than 30,000 self-storage facilities in our country with a billion square feet to store their stuff. We now spend $12 billion a year to someone to store our stuff! I know it is hard to give our stuff away. Have you ever watched the TV program Hoarders?
It is about people who accumulate so much stuff that it is ruining their health and relationship with their family. There are even therapists that specialize in treaty people with this problem.
Jesus said, Stuff is not treasure. Stuff is temporary; treasure is eternal.
Stuff cannot belong to me. “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;…The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty…remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.
Stuff cannot last. When you play Monopoly it doesn’t matter if you win. At the end of the game, everything goes back in the box.
“God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.” – Randy Alcorn