If Money Talks, What Is Yours Saying?
Do you know the Bible talks more about money than about prayer, fasting, heaven, or hell? Knowing how important money is, God spends a huge amount of time teaching us how to view it, obtain it, increase it, and use it. In Matthew 6:21, Jesus says, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Clearly, what we do with money is an accurate indicator of what we feel about God and what we believe God is doing with us.
This is why we find some awesome promises in the Word made to believers who honor God in the use of money.
“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work…Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness,” (2 Corinthians 9:6-10 NKJV)
“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38 NKJV)
And we also find some serious warnings.
“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” (1 Timothy 6:17-19 NKJV)
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24 NKJV)
It is so important to God that we put Him first in our giving and that we learn to be generous givers. But this is not because He needs our money–He is not hungry, poor, or in debt! No, giving generously is for our benefit.
You see, God wants to be our God and to be the One we depend on to supply all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19) He wants to put His grace (unmerited favor, power, ability) to work in our behalf so that we will lack for nothing. In fact, He wants us to have a surplus so that we can be a blessing to others and generous on every occasion.
But what God supplies by grace has to be received through faith. When we are stingy, we show a lack of faith in His sufficiency. But when we honor God by giving to Him the first and best of our finances, and are generous in giving to support His Work and to supply the needs of others, we demonstrate both our faith and love for Him. And because we are operating in faith and not fear, we are able to drink abundantly from the fountain of grace by which every need we have has already been met in Christ Jesus.
Here is a quote from John Piper to help you remember these important truths: “What we do with our money shows what we believe God is doing with us.” If we believe our Heavenly Father is caring for us and supplying all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus, our wallets and checkbooks will show it. And our hearts will enjoy it!
Since money talks, what is yours saying? I hope it says, God is first in your life, you know He loves you with all His heart, and you truly believe He is taking care of you and meeting all your needs in Christ Jesus.