Music, movies, and books about discussing wealth is everywhere we turn to. They are even in the church, hiding under the mask of the “prosperity gospel”.
In my opinion, people are falling for them left, right and centre. But honestly, not one of those songs, movies or books has a clue about what it takes to be financially secure and blessed.
That includes the ones promoting the “prosperity gospel”. Whilst doing some research, I discovered that there are over two thousand verses in the Bible about money! That tells us God has definite thoughts and opinions on the subject. Well, since His thoughts and opinions should be ours, it is only right that we should let God direct our finances (and everything else, too).
With all this being said, let us look at five of the two-thousand-plus verses—the five that I feel best sums up God’s intent for money and our use of it.
1. Malachi 3:10
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
Tithe. First. It is not really even a tithe if you do not give it first. I always feel as though it should be prioritised straight away. We get paid, we give back to our father.
Sharing back with God—that is what we are doing when we tithe. Similarly, we are returning part of what is His to Him. Think of it like this: It is our way of appreciating all that He has blessed us with.
Overall, God wants to give us so much but he can not if we are so preoccupied with holding on to what we already have that our hands are closed to the new gifts He wants to give us.
2. Luke 6:38
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
There really is not a lot of explaining to do on this one. Whether it be toward your family, close circle of friends, your job, or God, you get what you give.
3. Luke 12:15
“Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
The world is determined to convince us that money is power and that the things money can buy are the source of happiness, love, sex appeal, and success. If this were a red-letter edition blog entry, the part in quotations would be red because the ‘he’ that said these things is Jesus. Jesus is warning us to not get caught up in the lie that a well-lived life is one that is full of stuff.
4. 2 Corinthians 9:7
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
Salvation is a gift we can choose to accept or not. The same holds true forgiving. I believe we, in other words, we have been told to give back to Him, but God does not want us to do so unwillingly, for attention, or out of a sense of tit-for-tat. He only wants what comes from a sincere heart.
5. Matthew 6:20-21
“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Finally, it all comes down to priorities. When we know deep down that our money and all it can buy is not the source of true wealth, then we will be truly happy. When we know deep down that our money and all it can buy really belongs to God, we will be better able and willing to give it back to him in return for even greater blessings. Thirdly, when we know deep down that money doesn’t buy happiness, we will be truly happy.
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