Is it possible to trust in God and money at the same time? Is it possible to place ones faith in the mighty dollar and forsake the creator of heaven and earth? Is it possible to elevate money to the stature of idolatry and lose ones soul? Is it possible to be so greedy that all pursuits are geared toward its possession for bigger houses, cars, boats, planes and trains? Is it possible for a Christian to be deceived in believing money rules everything around me?
We understand money is the answer for everything (Eccles. 10:19), but what is its proper place for the Christian? To be worshipped and adored? To be fawned over and magnified? Or perhaps like Scrooge Mcduck to be swam in? I certainly hope not with all the innocent poverty many children are born into. They did not ask to be here and certainly not in those conditions.
What is the response of the Christian toward money and economics? Well, it has been said, we cannot serve God and money. “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. (Matt 6:24).
I will tell you what we need to do and what God has said that he will do. David said, I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread (Psa. 37:25). First and foremost be righteous. That means live in the will of God. One of the ways we do this is by praying to the Father for our needs and then moving in faith. Faith without works is dead.
Secondly, we understand pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall, so with this attitude, we go out and work. For the Bible tells us, if a man will not work, he shall not eat (2 Thess. 3:10). How many of you have family members that you have helped? Later, you realize that they did not want help; they only wanted to use you. The Bible does say give to those who use you, but if you’re giving out of debt, you can’t support this. This kind is outside of God’s will. God promises that He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever (Psa. 111:5). If God can turn stones into people for the house of Israel, does he need another man to help you?
Finally, God loves a cheerful giver and is not slack concerning his promises of reaping what you sow. I practice giving at least 15% tip to the waiter or waitress when I go out to eat. I do this even when the service is sub par. Why? I don’t know what is going on in this person life, there could be valid reasons why service is less than, plus when I mess up, I still want to be treated well.
There are times I give more. The Holy Spirit will sometimes prompt me to give a matching amount. One time I did this to a girl who later told me she was a single mother and really needed the extra money for her daughter. I have also been in restaurants and did not have to pay, because someone in the restaurant took care of it. God loves a cheerful giver.
This thing we call Christianity is not something shaky or trivial. It is real and tangible. It is true and sturdy. It is foundational and secure. It will hold you in the night season when all forsake you. Jesus is the way and the only way to the Father and will make sure his investment (you) is taken care of. Why? Because we become his reflection for the world around us and God does not want them to have a valid excuse for not putting their trust in him.