The topic of Christians and money will always hold a prime place in the body of Christ. Most Christians have not allowed God and His will to help them handle Issues around money effectively. This has come with lots of consequences.
Related: Biblical money management principles
I am using this short article to show you how you can begin to relate with money and still maintain your cordial relationship with God.
Christians and money: Is money good for Christians?
Money is good and it’s very good for everyone including Christians. Come to think of it, you will need money to buy the good things that are necessary for your survival in life.
Since money is a means of exchange for goods and services, it will always be relevant and useful. Some rigid Christians should understand this truth. There is no market place in every country that has been created for Christians alone where they can pick up goods and services without paying cash.
Christians and money: Jesus had a treasurer
During Jesus’ ministry, He also gave the necessary attention to money issues by appointing Judas Iscariot as a treasurer for the group. This shows that money was moving in and out of the group during Jesus’ ministry.
Money should not be your master
Paul showed in 1 Corinthians 6:12, how he ensured nothing makes him a slave to it. This is the same relationship Christians should have with money.
Money can easily become a powerful force that will begin to lord it’s rule over you if you are not careful. It did that to Judas Iscariot- he missed his destiny as a result.
Never allow yourself to be a slave to money. Don’t let it control you. That’s the simple rule. It can be difficult to achieve if you don’t allow the Holy Spirit to help you.
Christians and money: A checklist of how to handle it
You must always check the following when you talk about or consider the issue of money in your life:
- Do you see God as the owner of the money you have? This will clearly show you if God is Lord over your life or money.
- Are you ready to use part of the money you have for the things of God. This will show you where your deepest love stands – Kingdom of God or money.
- Are you ready to share part of the money you have with others? This will show you how selfish you are. Money finds it easier destroying selfish people.
- In the past 1 year, what have you used money to do? This will show you if you are using money appropriately. Money should be used appropriately.
- Analyse how you have acquired money or the processes you have used to make money in the past three years; have they been godly processes? This will clearly show who is in control in your life- God or the devil.
- When you save and invest for the future, is it for selfish purpose? The Psalmist asked God to give him food needful for him. Jesus prayed that the Father should give us this day our daily bread. Savings and investments for Christians should not excessively go beyond what you have deduced to be needful for you and your family in the future. Excesses should be used for God’s kingdom and philanthropic activities.
- In the past three years, how many evil overtures to make money in an evil way have you rejected? If there are instances you have rejected these types of moves, then it shows the level of control you have over money. If there’s none or if you have fallen for every evil moves like these, you need to repent and pray to God for help.
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Relevant bible passage for article
Finally for today, read what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 6:12
1 Corinthians 6:12 “Everything is permissible (allowable and lawful) for me; but not all things are helpful (good for me to do, expedient and profitable when considered with other things). Everything is lawful for me, but I will not become the slave of anything or be brought under its power.”
It’s not safe to allow yourself to be brought under the power of money or be a slave to money.
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