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God's Money and You: Part Three
By Pastor Philip Howle
web posted August 29, 2012
RELIGION – I enjoyed my three year old son
Luke’s birthday party this past weekend. His little friends had a great
time and he received some fun presents. My Aunt also gave my five-year
old a present, a compound bow. He truthfully did need it for our
upcoming Antioch Archery Tournament. If you would like more details on
that please check
the FaceBook page.
Anyways, a compound bow is a great tool. It is very useful for hunting
and sport shooting, but it is an awful toy. It is nothing to be played
with. This is a hard lesson for an immature little boy who thinks he is
Rambo, to keep in mind. So a good friend of mine gave him some lessons
and we carefully restrict his use of the weapon.
Many things in life are like this. Take a surgeon’s scalpel. In the
right hand lives are saved and amazing things done. In the hands of
someone unskilled it is a great danger. As we continue to look at money
we are going to see that money is a powerful tool for good, but it is
not a toy to be wasted or simply played with. Martin Luther put it,
“There are three conversions necessary in the Christian life: the
conversion of the heart, the mind, and the purse.” It is this
conversion of the purse that comes last and usually painfully for most
Each of you reading this must now acknowledge that you have far more
money than you realize. I mean it seems to me the poorest in our
society now all possess Iphones. Some people will say Preacher, “you
are talking about giving money and managing money, but I don’t have any
to give.” When I hear this I look at the lives of people. Many
who say “I have nothing to give,” spend large amounts of income on
cars, clothes, coffee, entertainment, phones, computers, and so on.
They reason why they are broke and have no money to utilize to further
God’s kingdom is that they have nothing to give when they’re done
spending. But in reality the truth is that they are never done
spending. Then when they run out of money, they think it’s because they
didn’t have enough. The issue is not the amount of money, but the way
the money is being managed.
In Luke 16, Jesus suggests that all of us are continually tested in our
money management: “If you are faithful in little things, you will be
faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you
won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are
untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true
riches of heaven?” (Luke 16:10-11).
The words of Jesus debunk the excuses of why people don’t give. People
will explain their greed with a bunch of “if onlys,” such as “If only I
made more money, I’d help the poor,” or “If only I had a million
dollars, then I’d give it to my church or missions.” The honest reality
is that if you can’t faithfully manage a few dollars, then you cannot
faithfully manage a million (Randy Alcorn).
Think about it, if you had an employee who could not manage a budget of
a thousand dollars a year would you promote them to be the CFO of a
major corporation? So the issue is not what you would do with a
million dollars if you had it, but what you are you doing right now
with the hundred thousand, ten thousand, or ten dollars that you do
have. The simple truth is that if you are not faithful with what God
has already entrusted to you, why should He trust you with anymore?
I believe this is why many people live in hard-working brokenness. Many
people are broke, but not for lack of trying, but from lack of seeking
to faithfully manage and handle the money they have been given. Seek to
get a grasp on your money by God’s principals and see if greater
opportunities do not arise for you.
Notice that Jesus in Luke 16:10-11 also made a correlation
between our present handling of earthly wealth and His future decision
to entrust us to handle other matters of kingdom life as well. Think
about it, if your child can’t be faithful to clean his room and do his
chores, can he be trusted to take care of a new puppy. Your child’s
faithfulness in a small matter is a good predictor of their ability to
handle larger matters.
God pays a great deal of attention to the “little things.” He numbers
the hairs on our heads, cares for the lilies of the field, and is
concerned with the fall of a single sparrow (Luke 12:27-31; Matthew
10:29-30). Just as a good business owner pays attention to how
employees handle the little things, God pays attention to us. Jamie
Munson writes “What we do with a little time, a little talent, and a
little money tells God a lot. The little things are a major
factor as he considers whether to commend and promote us—or reprimand
and demote us—in his Kingdom operation.”
Praying that God’s People Faithfully Manage God’s Money and Find the
Blessing of Financial Freedom!
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