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Lessons About Money – What I’ve Learned

By March 14, 2016 No Comments
Money Lessons

If you are a believer, someone who follows Christ and His example in scripture, then this article is for you. For as long as I can remember, I was taught certain principles about money that framed my thought process. Some of it was biblical and some of it was not.

1. Poverty Message

Have you heard any of these comments when talking about money?

  • Money is the root of all evil
  • Those that drive fancy cars and have nice homes are sinners
  • If you sold that, you could feed an entire third world country
  • You should give all your money away to the poor and live poorly

There are a few things you should know when considering the above statements. Money in and of itself is not evil, its the love of money (1 Timothy 6:10). Scripture is very clear about this. Driving a “fancy” car isn’t necessarily a bad thing. For instance, if I drive a $50,000 SUV that fits my family and is a good investment for me meaning that it wont lose its value as quickly, its not any different than buying a $20,000 SUV that has similar features but will retain less of its value. The same thing goes for homes, they are investments too.

We as a society have a propensity to compare ourselves with others and choose to speak ill of those who have things we secretly want. We don’t understand that nice homes, cars, vacations, etc. can be well deserved and appropriate.

For instance, if someone is making good money for their family and supporting them alongside giving to their church and serving others, I don’t see anything wrong with this.

2. Prosperity Message

This has to be one of the most talked about concepts in the church. Because it hits everyone on different levels. Many excuse the idea saying, well that person is more blessed than me so they deserve to have excessively nice things.

Have you heard any of these comments when talking about money?

  • If you give money to the church, God will give you money back. The check is in the mail!
  • Those with expensive things are really “blessed” by God.
  • If you have enough faith, God will treat you to a lavish lifestyle

In our society today we have pastors and teachers telling us that if we just give more to their ministries, God will bless us with more money. The reality is that God doesn’t say he will meet all our wants and desires that are implied by these ministers. It means that God will meet all our needs, the operative word here is “needs.” (Philippians 4:19)

I struggle with the idea that there are pastors in our churches and televangelists out there that live lavish lifestyles from tithes and offerings of their churches and viewers. I don’t have a problem with a minister having a nice car or home, the problem is that the money they are receiving in the name of Jesus, is not furthering the message of Christ, its lining the pocket of the minister in most cases.

Something else to consider is that the prosperity message has a cycle that requires the minister to have million+ dollar homes and drive expensive cars, because if they don’t, their own message is fake. They need the proof so they can look someone in the eye and say, “If you give me your money, you can live like me.”

3. Needs Message

Here’s where the rubber meets the road. God did promise that He would meet all our needs. This is said over and over in scripture. God rewards those who earnestly seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

In the poverty and prosperity message we miss the whole point behind being a Christ follower.  We are to love God and love others.  No where in scripture does it say that we are to live like the poorest, or the richest in our society. This puts too much of a burden on ourselves.

My Thoughts About Money

I hope this post has given you food for thought.  When it comes to money, this is how I break it down for myself.

  1. Be a good steward of the money and resources you have – do great work for your employer or customers. Pay your bills, save, take care of your family
  2. Support your church – If you can give money great, if not, give your time.  If you can afford it, give both.
  3. Give generously to someone in need – Find someone that needs a little help and give it without strings attached.