I couldn’t be more excited about our church’s upcoming Journey to Financial Freedom month. A recent study showed that the average American family carries $7500 in credit card debt. This is true for Christians and non-Christians, unfortunately. For those of us wanting to honor God with our finances, it becomes exceedingly difficult to build His kingdom because we’ve tried to build our own first. In 1 Peter, the apostle reminds us that we are “aliens and strangers” here, that this world is not our home.
Unfortunately, everything around us looks so darn good. We are urged and even expected to make our homes like movie theaters, our cars like a retreat center, and to upgrade, upscale, and one-up. The cultural momentum of our society is hard to resist. However, the Christian must stop and reevaluate his/her use of money.
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much,
and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with
much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? (Luke 16.10-12)
Who gave you what you have? Really. Who gave you your health to be able to earn what you do? Who provided the opportunities for you to be where you are today? Who chose your parents for you? Who determined your personality and your abilities? For those who would deny the existence of God, at the very least, you must answer an ambiguous fate or chance to these. For those who acknowledge the reality of a personal, loving Creator, these questions are a humbling reminder.
So what are you doing with your money? Are you using it for your own comfort and security? Are you pouring every last resource into your own life? Or are you apportioning your money in such a way as to reflect eternal realities and a God-centered perspective?
Decisons. Our church will be making some tough decisions as individuals and families this next month. If we are shown through scripture a different way to live, invest, spend, save, and give than what we currently are doing, then we must change. It’s either change or announce to the world that we’re hypocrites, professors of faith without being possessors of it.
Erwin McManus says in Seizing Your Divine Moment, “The most spiritual activity you will engage in today is making choices. All the other activities that we describe as spiritual – worship, prayer, meditation – are there to connect us to God and prepare us to live. While moments are the context within which we live, choices chart the course and determine the destination.”
Money. It’s your choice how to use or abuse it. In doing either, you reveal your true spiritual priorities and condition. It’s your choice.