Mo Money Mo Problems
Do you ever wonder why the church talks about money? Depending on how it’s communicated, messages about finances can feel controlling or demanding. In reality, Jesus himself talked a lot about money and he did it to help us see the bigger picture and learn how to live in freedom.
No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.
–Matthew 6:24 NIV
Money can easily become our master. If we are doing more for our money than it is doing for us, we have moved from controlling our money to serving it.
Money is a cruel master but a wonderful servant because it has the power to shape your character and steer your peace. It can shape your integrity, honesty and commitment. It can make you pretend to be someone you are not. It steers your joy, faith and security. It can make you stressed, anxious and fearful.
What is your emotional relationship with money? It is often tied to our past experience with money itself. Did you grow up with scarcity or abundance? What emotions are stirred up when you unexpectedly lose or receive money? It’s time for us to break up with money and cut our emotional relationship with it.
Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.
–2 Corinthians 9:6-8 NLT
Start by thinking in percentages and strategically plan for where you want to go. A lot of successful people live by the 10-10-80 rule to save 10%, give 10% and live off of the remaining 80%.
“I am God—yes, I Am. I haven’t changed. And because I haven’t changed, you, the descendants of Jacob, haven’t been destroyed. You have a long history of ignoring my commands. You haven’t done a thing I’ve told you. Return to me so I can return to you,” says God-of-the-Angel-Armies.
“You ask, ‘But how do we return?’
“Begin by being honest. Do honest people rob God? But you rob me day after day.
“You ask, ‘How have we robbed you?’
“The tithe and the offering—that’s how! And now you’re under a curse—the whole lot of you—because you’re robbing me. Bring your full tithe to the Temple treasury so there will be ample provisions in my Temple. Test me in this and see if I don’t open up heaven itself to you and pour out blessings beyond your wildest dreams.
–Malachi 3:6-12 MSG
If you call yourself a Christian, His will being done on Earth starts with tithing. God has instituted the tithe the break the power of money in our lives because money promises what only God can provide.
“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should you be trusted with things of your own?
–Luke 16:10-15 NLT
How much money can God trust you with? What has He given you and where is He calling you to invest it in others or in the local church?
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