By Pastor Philip Howle
web posted August 22, 2012 RELIGION –I started investing money at a
pretty young age. My dad made me take tax returns from what I earned in
high school and invest them in a mutual fund. I put a few hundred
bucks a year in a blue-chip conservative fund. Though it did not make
much money, slowly it went up in value. I had a pretty decent ring fund
going. Until my dad called me and gave me some advise. He was sort of
managing my money. He was making money investing in the “.coms” back in
2000-2002 and so he asked me to put my money in a “tech” fund. He was
truly looking out for me and wanted me to make money.
Well, about the time I went to graduate from college and needed to cash
out money to buy a diamond for my then girlfriend and now present wife,
the bubble burst. My fund had devalued by over half. I was pretty
ticked, but I learned be careful who you take advice from on how you
manage your money.
Imagine how you would feel if you trusted your wealth to a financial
manager who squandered all your money. You worked hard for years, you
trusted this man, and then it was all gone. You would do as Jesus said
in Matt 5:44 and love your enemy and pray for them right? No, you would
storm in and demand to know why this guy has wasted all your money! The
financial manager might reply “but you gave me the money, I thought you
just wanted me to use it to have fun with.” You would then say “No, it
was not yours to blow as you wish, but to manage for me the best you
The following above illustrates how the Bible desires for you to view
your wealth. It is all God’s money. It is given to you not to blow as
you please, but to manage on behalf of God, the true owner of all there
is. Money matters to God. Thousands of verses of Scripture talk
directly or indirectly about God’s money and how people should use it.
The volume of the Bible’s teaching on this subject demands for our
· “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in
it, the world, and all who live in it” (Psalm 24:1).
· “To the LORD your God belong the heavens,
even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it” (Deuteronomy
· “The land is mine and you are but aliens and
my tenants” (Leviticus 25:23).
· “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the
power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in
heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are
exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the
ruler of all things” (1 Chronicles 29:11-12)
· “Who has a claim against me that I must pay?
Everything under heaven belongs to me” (Job 41:11).
· “For every animal of the forest is mine, and
the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and
the creatures of the field are mine. If I were hungry I would not tell
you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it” (Psalm 50:10-12).
· “‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’
declares the LORD Almighty” (Haggai 2:8).
Why did Jesus say more about how we are to view and handle money and
possessions than about any other topic—including both Heaven and Hell,
and prayer and faith? Why, because God wants us to recognize the
powerful relationship between our true spiritual condition and our
attitude and actions concerning money and possessions. Take a look at
the chart below as it compares and contrasts two views on wealth and
possessions (Jamie Munson, Money).
Humility (Phil. 2:3)
Grumbling (Phil. )
Grace: “I am a sinner who
deserves death, but Jesus paid the price and gave me his perfect
Entitlement: “I am a good
person who deserves heaven—plus a comfortable, pain-free existence in
Jesus is enough to satisfy my
Jesus is not enough. I want
wealth / fame / comfort / power as well.
God gives. Therefore my money
is his, and I use it to glorify him.
I earn. Therefore my money is
mine, and I use it however I please.
Contentment: I have enough
Covetous: I never have
Serve as a member of
Be served as a consumer
Work heartily for the Lord,
cultivating thanks for God’s provision (Deut. ; Col. 3:23)
Work begrudgingly for the man,
becoming bitter and jealous against others (James )
A blessing to embrace
A burden to escape
Eternal: optimistic/hopeful (2
different a life is lived from a thankful recognition of God’s gift of
wealth to you vs. selfishly clinging to what you have and always
desiring more. Desire a life of gratitude, accept nothing less and seek
God’s grace to manage His money for your good and His glory.
One more thing, in spite of my dad’s wrong investment advice, he is a
hard working man who is crazy frugal, gives generously to his church,
and taught me to manage God’s money well. Thanks Bud!
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