God is the owner of all our resources including money. He is the creator of Heaven and Earth. Everything is under his control. Though the devil has some power in this world, He has to get God’s approval before He could touch the Children of God. Your money is not your own, it is God’s provision for you. You might have used your talents and skills to obtain that money, but it is God who gave you those gifts and talents and opportunities in the first place. Be a wise steward for the money that God has entrusted you.
When you understand that everything is God’s money, you will use it for His glory and you will not be extremely saddened when He takes it away from you.
The world runs after ways to earn money and get rich at the cost of integrity and values. All they want is money and so they do not care about human values and ethics. But, as Christians, our calling is much higher and so are our standards. We should not do anything that is illegal. We should not compromise walking in obedience to God's Word in any circumstance, even at the cost of losing our business or job.
There is a difference between earning money and loving money. If you have less money in the bank, that doesn’t mean that you don’t love money. If you have more money in the bank, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you love money. Anything that you love more than God is an idol. When we keep chasing money more than God, it can become a modern-day idol that distances us from God. We cannot serve God and money.
How to know whether you are a money lover?
Ask yourself the below questions.
Do you tithe or offer regularly?
Do you give a portion of your money to missionaries and for the many creative ways to share the Gospel?
Do you help the poor and needy in Jesus' name?
Do you worry little when you lose your money?
Do you give cheerfully?
If the answer to the above questions is not a genuine “Yes”, you probably have to re-examine yourself for the love of money.
Do you think that you can be safe and lead a secure life if you have enough money stored in your bank? You are completely wrong. You can’t even keep your very heartbeat safe by yourself. You must put your faith in God, not money or any other form of security.
13Go to now, ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:14Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.15For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.16But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.
The world wants to amass as much wealth as possible. They run after money and are never content with what they already have. As Christians, our greatest treasures are in Heaven, not on earth. We are called to be different from the world. A Christian life should not be marked by greed, jealousy and covetousness. We are not called to live for money, but for God and for glorifying Him.
God doesn’t need our money. After all, everything is from Him. So why do we have to give for God? For our own good, that we may have rewards in heaven and joy of earth.
Hebrews 7:5-9-And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
Christians must work and provide for their family and meet their needs in the name of Jesus. If your kids are starving and you are not a good father, you cannot effectively share the love of your father in heaven with the world.
Why did the people of Israel wander in the wilderness for 40 years and failed to reach the destination in their generation? The obvious answer is lack of contentment and murmuring. If manna doesn’t satisfy them, what else could? If the presence of God doesn’t satisfy you, what else could?
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