Money has been around since the beginning of time when stone age men started to do barter trade by exchanging food for clothes. Later on in history, people began to use precious metals like gold and silver as a means to trade and buy things. Currency (Paper money) came into circulation at a much later time.
Why talk about Money $$?
Many people say “We should not worry or talk about money. Why do we have to talk about it in church?” We should not be too worldly and money minded to talk about this.
In the world that we live in, the governments are always changing their fiscal policies. It changes so fast that we are unable to cope with our daily lives. In my country, Singapore, the cost of living is becoming more and more expensive by the day. For example, the cost of a cup of coffee costs about 80cts two years ago but it cost $1.20 now.
Fortunately, we have the Word of God to guide us. The Bible has 2,350 verses that talk about managing money and possession. God wants to reveal something important about our hearts. We need to be taught how He wants us to manage the things that He places in our hands.
Biblical Money principles
In the Gospels and in the parables, our Lord Jesus often uses money to illustrate ideas and concepts. Why did He talk so much about money? He talked about it and how to managed it. Not everyone knows how to plant crops and harvest it but everyone owns something or bought something.
Is money evil? No, it is a means of exchange but the way we manage it reveals our internal spiritual condition, our principles and values. How we spend our money? Did we spend it wisely? Did we buy things we need or instead of what we want? (consumer mentality) Did we give to the Lord generously for He loves a cheerful giver?
Biblical Principles of managing money
In the Bible, our Lord Jesus said,”Whoever can be trust with very little can also be trusted with much and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” Luke 16:10.
The concept of “with very little” can be applied both to our money and possessions. How we managed the “little” that is placed in our hands reflects our relationship with our Lord. We are called to be managers of the “little” that is placed in our hands God is the owner of all that we have because He is the Lord of all.
When we are irresponsible in the way we use our money, we show to the world that our Lord does not control our lives because we can spend our money any way we wanted it. We need to put the Lord first in money sense for our Lord Jesus warns, “No one can serve two masters, either he hates the one and love the other or he will be devoted to the one and despises the other. You cannot serve both God and money (Matt 6:24)
Ironically, many Christians treat money differently. They sing “Hallelujah!!” and shouts “Praise the Lord” in church on Sundays but keep their wallets during church offerings as if to say, “God, You are the Lord of my life…except my wallet, it is mine!!”
It amazes me to see how much the Bible talks about money, more than 2,350 verses related to managing money and possessions.Our Lord Jesus talk so much about money both in the Gospels and the parables. Am I contend with what God has given to me?
Have I learned to be happy even when I have to save to buy what I want? Would I be happy even if God did not answer my prayers for my wants?