Mo Money Mo Problems
Do you consider yourself to be good with money? Are you comfortable with your finances and accounting? Or do you need some help when it comes to how to manage your money?
For even if you were to gain all the wealth and power of this world—at the cost of your own life—what good would that be? And what could be more valuable to you than your own soul?
–Matthew 16:25-27 TPT
Jesus warns us that the world will tell us to gain, collect, hoard and hold on to things but that it always comes at a cost. A yes to something is a no to something else. He doesn’t want us to hold on to things that cost us part of who we are.
There are multiple reasons why we collect things. You might hold on to things that create a sense of happiness or give you an emotional connection to another person. You might collect things because scarcity mentality tells you that if you don’t take it when you have the chance, someone else will. You might have a hard time getting rid of things because fear says that you might miss out on a good deal or that item having value in the future. You might purchase more than you need out of a need for safety and controlling what you can to be sure that you’re taken care of.
But Jesus also reminds us that what we hold on to is personal because it’s connected to our hearts.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
–Matthew 6:21 NIV
Where is your heart? If you look at your calendar and your bank account, where are you giving your time and money? What you prioritize is where your heart really is.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
Instead of storing up treasures on earth, in things that will leave our hearts broken when they are eventually destroyed or taken away, we should be intentional about storing up treasures of heaven instead. We do this by investing in people and in supporting the church that carries out the ministry of Jesus.
Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us —I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving. I am not commanding you to do this. But I am testing how genuine your love is by comparing it with the eagerness of the other churches. You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.
–2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Paul introduced many people to Jesus and he was only able to do so because he was consistently supported by local churches who funded his public evangelism. In the letters he writes to thank people for supporting him, he also encourages them – and us – to continually financially supporting churches in response to what Jesus has done for us. If Jesus has changed your life, are you supporting the church that makes it possible for other people to come to Jesus? Are you actively helping expand the kingdom of God with what He has given you?
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