“Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds.” (Proverbs 27:23 NIV)
In his day, John D. Rockefeller was one of the richest men in the world. His net worth was equivalent to $340 billion today. Basically, he had a limitless supply of money. Once, an interviewer asked him, “How much money is enough?” Rockefeller replied, “Just a little bit more!” As outrageous and greedy as that sounds, we have all probably voiced that same sentiment. “If only I had just a little bit more….” But managing money has less to do with how much we have, and a lot more to do with how we manage what we have.
Managing money is a spiritual issue. Jesus spoke more about money than He did about any other topic? Money mattered to Jesus, because it is a leading indicator of our relationship with Jesus. So how do we manage our money as God intended. It is simpler than most people think. As in all things Jesus serves as an example.
Jesus lived a life of single kindness and simplicity because of a heart that was anchored completely in God the Father. He declared in John 4:34: “…My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.” Psalm 27:4 says, “The one thing I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.” We need the same singular focus on seeking God first in everything, including managing our money.
In 2020, our lives have become more fractured and fragmented. Our decisions change constantly because the information we use to make those decisions change constantly. We need simplicity. We must realize that money cannot give us security, freedom, status and power. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have any. Managing your money spiritually is more about mastering your money rather than not having any. In other words, the answer is not to reject wealth but to control its use. If we can control our money, then it will not control us.
A case in point is found in Exodus 12:35–36: When the Israelites left Egypt, they took with them gold and silver. At Mount Sinai, this was used to erect the golden calf that brought down the curse of God. However, later, the same gold and silver was used to build the Tabernacle that brought down the manifested presence of God. The problem was not the gold and silver, it was how they used it.
Everything we have comes from God. He owns it, and He entrusts it to us to use for His purposes. True financial success comes not from accumulating a large surplus in our bank account, but from following God’s plan for our finances. As we do this, He will provide for all of our needs.
- How well do you think you manage your money?
- How well do you think God thinks you manage your money?
- What do you need to do differently to have the same answer to both questions?