For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.- Matt. 6:21
I am trying to get some things in order as I continue my walk in Christ. That’s a given for most of us who profess to believe in Christ. Money is somewhere near the top of the list of things to get straight and in line with God’s standard. I know and I read it, too. Yes, money is “what is least” according to the Word. I do agree with that. Yet, money has a stranglehold on many of us for many different reasons. Whether it be debt, saving, cost of living, or simply making ends meet, many people have trouble when it comes to money. We need to ask for forgiveness, pleading with the Father for both grace and mercy, but we also need to take a realistic look at what we do with the money we do make. It’s time for a check-up on our checkbook.
Jesus simply shared that you can tell a lot about us by what we spend our money. Look at where you spend your money and you’ll discover what matters most to you. People with family budgets that have “miscellaneous” and “emergency fund” listed are doing a slight shift by playing with words if miscellaneous is seeing something that I like and getting it, and if the emergency fund is for tires, brakes and other “incidentals.” I think many of the materials published by Ron Blue, Larry Burkett, and Dave Ramsey speak to the need for people, especially Christians, to live within their means. John Wesley’s sermon has often been paraphrased: “Make all you can,Save all you can,Give all you can.” Money really does matter in a Christian’s life.
Try this on for size: Does what you do with your money honor God? Review your checkbook (or, if you’re like many folks, review your online check register) and see who you give most of your money to monthly. Are supporting worthy causes or are you simply spending? Is your money going to support the ministry of the church? Are you saving anything? If there were a call for a special offering to help with Haiti or Chile, would you be in the financial position to help out or just pray? Here goes the big one. Looking at what you have done with what you have, would you trust yourself with more? Better yet, should God trust you with more? It’s a matter of stewardship. Let God lead you, even with your money matters.
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