God has given us money to enjoy Him, enjoy our life, and as a way to bring Him glory, and to do the human race some good.
What people believe in their hearts and minds about money will dictate what they do with it. Even more important, what people believe in their hearts and minds about money, prior to dealing with it, will dictate whether they will use money in the ways that please God and bring them joy, or lead them to destruction fueling the root of all evil. Anyone violating God’s will about money at one point in time has either neglected or been ignorant of the following 5 presuppositions about money.
In this post we will attempt to give you 5 presuppositions about money. All 5 of these presuppositions come from 1 Chronicles chapter 29. It is our belief that understanding and embracing these 5 presuppositions will enable a person to deal with money in a godly way.
First, all money belongs to God. We learn this from verse 11 which says, “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty, for all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head over all.” All the money you have ever seen, no matter where you have seen it, belongs to God. All the money you have ever earned, been given, saved and spent is God’s. Never forget that it’s is ultimately not your money. It is His money. There are many things humans inherit when they enter this world. One of the things every human inherits is being a steward of God’s money. Take a vow today to remember to make sure this truth is applied in all of your future decisions about money. You will be judged, at least in part, on how well you reflect this truth in your life. (2 Corinthians 5:10)
Second, all money comes from God. We learn this from verse 12 which says, “Both riches and honor come from You”. All the money you have ever seen, earned, been given, saved and spent, has come from God. There are many in this world who work very hard only to lose their money in a providence, or at the hands of wicked men. If you have money it’s because God has given it to you. Don’t be proud! Or, in the words of Paul, “what do you have that you have not been given?”. Don’t confuse hard work, wisdom, or anything else you may have done with this truth. If you have money, no matter how you obtained it, ultimately God gave it to you. The real issue is will you acknowledge this truth in you life and apply it in your decision you make about money.
Part 2 coming tomorrow