Luke 16:11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches.
Very few things in life are the cause of stress or delight than how we handle money. What you do with your money can make or break you. I believe God wants to redeem our approach to money so that we can be more free and effective in our lives. Stewardship is more of a spiritual issue than many of us care to consider. Jesus had more to say about money than about prayer, and it wasn’t all negative. I encourage you to develop an action plan today to quickly eliminate consumer debt, save at least 3 months of income into an emergency fund, invest into your future through a super-fund or home ownership and most importantly give back to God generously of what he has shared with you. These 4 steps are simple and yet require you to commit to the process of building financial freedom and peace of mind. Nothing will practically help your relationships, your well being and your life more than winning in the area of finance.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt 5:3)
The great god of our age is ‘THINGS’. Our fallen nature covets THINGS at the expense of God. God gave us THINGS to use and enjoy but instead we use God to obtain and worship THINGS. THINGS are anything other than God himself. THINGS aren’t bad, they are just not God and they can’t satisfy the craving of the human heart for God. God made us for himself alone and our hearts are restless until we come to a place of self-surrender and rest in God. The Self-Life is what gets in the way of our pursuit of God. Anything to do with life that emanates from self = self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-admiration and self-pity, to name a few, will make the pursuit of self the holy grail rather than Jesus. What is the cure for such a malady? The cross. Denying self and allowing the cross of Jesus to kill off in us a desire for THINGS will redeem our affections for God and his glory alone. After the cross comes resurrection. The new creation in us will rise again to a place where God becomes our everything. We may have many THINGS or few THINGS but no THING possesses us except our love and devotion to Christ alone!
“For where your treasure is, there your heart is also.” (Matthew 6:21)
What you spend your money on is what your heart values the most. Consider where you have invested your finances recently. What does your investment say about what is most important to you? Lip service is fashionable in our culture but heart service is more concrete and a true reflection of what you truly value. What your heart loves, your will chooses. Money follows passion. Whatever you are passionate about will be resourced. What if we really took Jesus charge seriously, to invest our money in eternal matters, not simply the temporary? We would probably see a spiritual revolution take place. For this to become a reality, self needs to be crucified and Jesus needs to take centre stage of our hearts. Only then we will be surrendered enough to release into God’s hands what he has put into our hands!