Saturday, June 18, 2011

Money: Trap or Tool?

Money is one of the greatest tools on earth. It gives options. It gets things accomplished. It has the power to do enormous good in the lives of others. When rightly managed, it can help a household run smoothly and a business operate well. When money is used as a tool for blessing, it can add dignity, value, and opportunities to bless people’s lives. When it’s misused, money can have devastating effects. The Bible says that “the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil practices.” I Timothy 6:10

At the heart of the drug industry is money. The root of the porn business is money. Gambling is all about money. As Christians, the money that God entrusts to us is intended to be used as a tool to glorify Him. But if money is a tool, then why do some have so much more than others? It’s important to understand our primary calling in life. Once we know what lane to drive in, we need to stay in our lane. Some are called to lead from the middle of the pack, or even from the lower rung.

Not all of us are called to be CEO’s or high level managers. It doesn’t really matter our occupational position as long as God’s call on our lives is our primary focus. When we look at things from a financial perspective, it may be that the level of financial blessings in our lives is directly linked to our specific callings. Not everyone needs millions of dollars to accomplish God’s plan and will for their life. Money is simply a tool, not a measuring stick of success, significance, or personal worth.

If you have been given much in the realm of finances, accept it with humility, responsibility, stewardship, generosity, and a sobering realization that it all came from God. (James 1:17) Also, it can take wings and fly away. (Proverbs 27:24) If you find yourself with modest financial provision, you should thank God and seek to be a great steward of what you have. If you find yourself in need of money, you may need to go back to the basics and claim the promises of God. (Philippines 4:19)

Jesus gave us an important life principle in stating, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21) Our checkbooks are not just a record of our financial transactions, they are a diary of our priorities. Ask for wisdom and guidance to be an honorable steward of what you have been given. As we prove ourselves faithful stewards, we will be entrusted with more tools.

- Pastor Virgil Amundson