Money! Money!! Money!!! It’s all about the money.
Almost everything we do is about money. This is because we live in a culture that has made money one of the ultimate goals in life and that is why it is almost never enough.
Our culture gauges your worth by how much money you have and we have therefore started to define ourselves by the amount in our bank accounts. If you are rich, you become a VIP at an event and if you are not, you may not even get invited to the event.
Because of this definition of self-worth by money, our money has become an extension of us – like it is another part of our body. If someone therefore tampers with our money, it’s almost as if we are being physically hurt.
Some people are savers and others are spenders but…why do we save…and why do we spend? Does it not all have to do with protecting our sense of worth?
Why do financial matters bring so much anxiety, whether you are on minimum wage or you are one of the richest people in the world? Because we are scared of what would happen if we lose it… it’s almost as if we would lose ourselves…
What is the root cause of this fear…?
A lack of trust in God.
We do not trust God enough to take care of us and so we are always anxious because the culture has made money seem like the ‘source of life’ but God is the Source of life. All our identities and who we are, is in Him.
We must remember that the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. Everything we have has been given to us by God. Although it seems like the money you get is a ‘reward’ for your ‘work’, but if you really think about it, it is a gift from God. The job you have is a gift from God, some people don’t have jobs. Your ability to work hard is a gift from God. Some people can’t work, for different valid reasons. So really, the money you are given is God’s. He is entrusting you with His resources, what are you going to do with it?
What would God want you to do with it?
Do you remember the parable of the Master who gave 3 servants talents (money)? Don’t you think he could have just deposited it in the bank himself before he left? Yes, but instead, he chose to give his servants, not to hoard it but put it to good use.
This is not to say that we do not legitimately need money to cater to our needs. We do – we need to eat, we need to be housed, we need to be clothed, there are bills to pay and God of course wants you to to be able to have these things but in and with all this, we must not fail to remember, that we are stewards of the resources of God.
Do you wish you had more money? If your answer is yes, that is not a bad thing, but these next questions would be important to answer: Why do you wish so? Is it because you want to be a channel of God’s resources? Or to help your ‘sense of worth’? Or perhaps try to decrease your level of anxiety about the future? Do you see money as an opportunity to be generous?
Talk to God about your finances today.