When you talk about money, the Church and God, people have the notion that they don’t mix. Questions such as “Should a Christian have all that money?” and “Should Christians be talking about or desire to have lots of money?” are not uncommon.
Statements like “Jesus wasn’t riding around in a Cadillac, living it up in a mansion or wearing designer outfits” are some of things you will hear being said.
Whether we openly or quietly come to a consensus or not about money, the fact remains that money is an essential part of human existence.
If Jesus cared enough to provide us ample insight on the subject of money, why the skepticism about having money? Why is it okay for an actor, ball player or hip hop mogul to be cash rich, but looked upon differently when a Christian has the same, more or any form of wealth? Why aren’t Christians widely encouraged and equipped to make money?
While the answers to these questions may vary depending on the perspective, there are 3 fundamental truths we can all benefit from in our journey to financial success:
God is the Source
The ability to create and add value that is rewarded with money comes from God (Deuteronomy 8:18). Your input is necessary, but all of the tangible and intangible resources required for you to do what you do belong to Him, including you (Colossians 1:16-17)!
Whatever your vocation, recognize and remember that God is the source. If you doubt this, try to do what you do without air to breathe!
Money is not evil
Money is a medium of exchange. Money by itself cannot do good or evil. It does only what the possessor wants it to. If money was evil, you’ll not use it to pay for the goods and services you purchase. However, if you give that same money to someone struggling with drug addiction, the outcome will be different.
The idea that money is evil comes from a misrepresentation of scripture. The Bible actually states that the “love of money”, not “money” is the root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10).
We quickly assume that if people are cash rich, they must love money. On the contrary, a majority of the cash rich people I know love what they do. Their passion for what they do propels them, and the money they earn is just a reward for the excellent products or services they provide. Money is not what motivates them, love for what they do and the people they do it for does.
Money is a tool for good
It takes money to build schools, hospitals, and feed the hungry. It takes money to preach and display the gospel of love (James 2:15-16). In the United States, Thanksgiving was recently celebrated. Hundreds of families could not afford a Thanksgiving meal. Many were displaced from their homes, others without power in the East Coast because of Hurricane Sandy. It took money for individuals, organizations and communities to help feed them.
Across the world, individuals, foundations, local and international organizations work continually to alleviate some of the hardship people face on a daily basis. They create better living conditions and opportunities that pave the way for a better future for the beneficiaries of their great work. All of this takes money.
My challenge to you:
Look to God as your source, fully utilize the abilities and opportunities He gives you to make money, and give all the money you can! The more money we have, the more we can contribute and the lives we impact through our generosity result in thanksgiving to God.