So this is the first post for this weekend. The writer (in Anonymity), shares how we can make better use of the financial resources God has committed to our care. It’s not enough to desire more money, we must also know how to manage what we already have. Read and be blessed.
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If there exists any great issue between the Church, individuals and the world today, among others, it is about the use of money. In the Church, we hear many preachers talk about prosperity and success (mostly in financial terms) but connect little with the benefits of using money wisely. I believe there have been men with money, who were not happy; there have been those in power, with the command of vast territories, who were not happy; but we have never seen, and will never see, the individual who has Jesus in Him, that is not happy. How do these all fit in? How as Christians should we view and practice the use of money in ways that glorify God when we make, save and invest it?
On July 6th, 1865, Charles Spurgeon in a message remarked, “No man ever loses anything by counting the cost, knowing his own expenditure, and keeping his debtor and creditor pretty closely up; but many men have been ruined by attempts which have been suggested by a spirit of speculation, and fostered by a negligence of their own concerns, combined with absolute ignorance of their real financial position.” This statement still rings true in the world of finance today where many are on a ‘Gold Rush’, finding ways to make and make, spend and spend, hustle and hustle, but thinking little of what to do once the money comes, if it does come. But we cannot do well with money, when we don’t see it first as a great resource bestowed by God for good purposes to the one who counts the cost of what he does with it.
Consider Jesus’ parable in Matthew 25:14-30. In the story, the master goes away for a while, and gives varying amounts of money to three of his most trusted servants to invest while he is away. One servant received five talents, another received three talents and the last received one talent. The story tells us that the amounts of money were decided based upon the ability of each of the servants to handle the money properly. As the story progresses, the servant with five talents of money and the servant with three, both invest their portion and generate a return for the master. The servant who was given only one talent hid it so that it would not be lost or stolen. He was very afraid of what the master’s reaction would be if any of the money were lost. After the master returned, the first two servants each returned to the master what he had originally given them along with whatever profit they generated while the master was away. The last servant, however, dug up the one talent he had hidden and returned it to the master bragging that he did not lose any of it. The master was pleased with the servants who had invested, but became very angry with the servant who had done nothing but hidden the one talent with which he was entrusted. The master told the servant that, at the very least, he should have put it in the bank so it would earn some interest.
Generally, we believe the parable to be communicating spiritual lessons. But we have practical lessons to glean from it too. First, I believe the keyword describing the work of the two servants who doubled what they were given is Investment. We must keep our minds on working honestly, and then when God gives us reward for it, we invest – even before saving. The tithes and offerings we give for example for God’s Work, are forms of investment. Based on the parable, I believe our natural order with money should be:
- Spend (wisely) and
Sometimes we can interchange nos. 2 and 3 but the general pattern remains the same. It’s impossible to become overwhelmed loving, pursuing or wasting money when we commit ourselves to using it this way for God’s glory.
I cannot give a detailed treatise on how we can make and invest money, to save space. Ultimately, we must recognize that money is not an evil or something to be disdained. It is a great blessing and resource from God which when used for His glory makes a lot of difference for us, and for many who benefit from our wise investments.
In the end, let us keep this in mind: “Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,” (Hebrews 13:5 NASB).
– God bless you.