Christians and Money.
Two things that never really go hand and hand. The subject never really comes up in our church services. Money topics in church are to not love it or come bring it to the offering plates.
We walk around our cities and see poverty. We see people trying to survive. All we can do is offer them a few dollars and say you are in mine prays.
We can not help people get out the position they are in , because we don’t even know how to ourselves. Most of us live from paycheck to paycheck. If we would lose our job tomorrow we might be in the same position as them.
People can not teach how to manage money , because we were never taught. People can never help others to invest their money , because they never learned.
You maybe thinking as a Christian you shouldn’t talk about money. Or money doesn’t make you happy. This is my personal favorite… Money is EVIL.
You are right Money doesn’t make me happy at all. Money can also be evil depending on how you USE it.
A feast is made for laughter,
wine makes life merry,
and money is the answer for everything. – Ecclesiastes 10:19
One thing I do know about money is it opens up doors for you and people in your life.
Then you might say ,but so can God. I do NOT doubt that one bit. In fact I know God can!
I have learned through my life that people can become so spiritual that they lose simple logic. They expect God to do EVERYTHING for them.
We pray, ” God just send the money my way.”
We do not want to learn how to earn it or manage it. We just want God to provide it.
He is the Provider after while. He is suppose to supply our needs. That is what God promised us.
That is exactly right!
The problem is our thinking. When we think of God providing for us we think of money. We contradict ourselves.
We say money is evil! Then we turn around and ask God to provide it. We never really ask God to provide an idea to earn money.
When God does provide us with money what do we spend it on?
Where do you invest the money God has already given you?
Do we give it to others in need?
This reminds me of the parable of the three servants. (Matthew 25:14-30)
The Three Servants:
A man going on a trip gathered his servants together. He gave them money to invest for him while he was away.
He gave five bags of gold to one
Two bags of gold to another.
Then one bag to the last one.
The servants with five and two bags of gold invest the money and doubled it quickly. The servant with one bag and brief it for safekeeping.
The master returned and gave more responsibilities to the servants who invested the money. The servant who buried the money had to give their money to the servant that had ten bags.
To those who use well what they are given , even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who are unfaithful , even what little have will be taken away – Matthew 25:29
From my father I was taught that being wise with your money was to pay your bills then save the rest. Investing your money into something would be a waste. If you put your money into something that would double it you have the risk of losing it all.
From my mother I was taught money comes and goes. I learn about spontaneous spending. Saving up money for things like shoes , clothes , and entertainment. Living from paycheck to paycheck.
People who handle their money out of their emotions will always be broke. – T.D. Jakes
Why do we misuse what God has already provides us?
Blessings gives us strength and encouragement. Blessing are also to help open up doors.
Blessings are sent from God to help us , but not do the whole job for us. We hold on to blessings ,but never use them. When God gives us something shouldn’t we try to double it?