God and Money

“You really get to know someone when it comes to money.” 

This is one of the many things my daddy told me that has proven to be completely accurate. Those with pure hearts have no problem paying bills, enjoying paychecks, and sharing blessings. Those with selfish hearts reveal their love for money by keeping what they owe, expecting what they have not earned, or cheating those who trust them.

Jesus said it is impossible to serve both God and money. He didn’t say “challenging” or “rare.” Jesus said “impossible.” When money becomes the driving force in life, God takes a back seat to all other decisions. When time, energy, and thought are devoted to maximizing money, the pursuit of the kingdom of God will be minimized.

Years ago, in another church, one of the most committed Christians I have ever known over-extended himself in a business venture after he had retired with plenty of money. He explained to me one Sunday night when he came to church for the first time in months:

“I don’t know whether God or Satan gave me this business, but, either way, I have it. Until something changes, I cannot come to church.”

He went from sharing his faith and leading a small group to never darkening the doors of the church. Eventually, the wheels fell off of his life. I still shake my head when I think of where he is now in comparison with where he once was. It all started with money.

I heard a preacher say that when we baptize a person we should have them leave their wallet in their pocket. When God saves us, He takes over. He reserves a portion of our money to be given back to Him (at least a tithe/tenth) in order to constantly remind us that He remains sovereign owner of everything we handle. To not give a tithe is to embezzle from God.

Mishandling money will kill your witness for Jesus. Beating someone out of five dollars will keep sown gospel seeds from sprouting and growing. Non-Christians aren’t necessarily aware of whether you attend church or not. Non-Christians are very aware of whether you pay your bills or not.

“You really get to know someone when it comes to money.”

 Daddy was right,

  Earl


FBC Happenings

  • This Sundays Sermon “Do Not Be Anxious” Matthew 6:25-34
  • LifeGroup Attendance on September 22 – 686
  • Membership Matters Class – Sunday, September 29 at 10:30 a.m. in the Parlor
  • GriefShare – Sunday, September 29 at 4:30 p.m. in the Parlor
  • Wednesday Evening Meal at 5:00 p.m. Chicken and Noodles

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