"For God alone my soul waits in silence" Psalm 62
What better source can there be for wisdom about life than Jesus, God’s Christ? He said it simply and best: “No one can serve two masters…you cannot serve God and wealth.” Matthew 6:24
The bible is filled with counsel on how to live a life that is God honoring and personally rewarding. The world is filled with impoverished people who are dying daily for want of water, food and shelter. There are innumerable people with wealth beyond their personal need. There are churches with countless financial and real estate holdings and congregations that grapple to keep the lights on and the doors open. It has been said that Jesus talks more about wealth than any other subject. As we examine the world around us it is no surprise that Jesus gives simple, direct, meaningful and frequent instruction about how women and men are to deal with wealth.
My father once told me that “If you don’t own it (a car he was about to buy) – it will own you”. The phrase seemed foreign to me at the time but when I left a significant balance on my first credit card for ninety days, the light dawned on why Christians need to handle financial matters wisely.
Psalm 24:1 “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”
Deuteronomy 8:17-18 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.”
But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.
We don’t discuss money a lot at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, but we aren’t afraid to dig for biblical counsel and the practical advice God provides. I’ll close with a quote from one of Dave Ramsey’s associates, “Managing God’s blessings God’s way for God’s glory.” Chris Brown
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