There really is more to this life than what pop culture tells us. It’s not about selfishly having what we want, amassing more possessions or simply rising to the top of our profession. That’s self-centeredness, self-preservation, and self-promotion. It’s time to recognize that life doesn’t revolve around us; it revolves around God. I think that in light of our world’s troubling times, more and more mature Christians and those who have newly adopted their faith are embracing this eternal truth. They realize that selfishness, greed, and worshipping false idols (especially money) are major causes of our current national issues.
Once we discover the truth that in serving God we find fulfillment, meaning, joy, peace, and all the other things we seek in life, it’s a “no-brainer” to live a God-centered life and fulfill our role to reflect Him in all we do. Now, none of this is to say that we are insignificant. We are quite the opposite in God’s eyes! When you realize that you are dependent on God (and not the other way around), you want to do all you can to glorify Him, and He is faithful to fulfill all of His promises to us. We were created to glorify, trust, and obey God, so when we live out of that God-made purpose, He raises us up beyond anything we can possibly imagine.
“We are stewards of God’s resources so that we are free from the pressure to constantly earn more or spend more on earthly possessions”
How does this relate to our money? It goes back to understanding that we are stewards of God’s resources so that we are free from the pressure to constantly earn more or spend more on earthly possessions. It’s like a light bulb that suddenly burns brightly on the truth that we can use our resources – money and otherwise – to glorify God. Scripture tells us in Matthew 6:24 (ESV) “No one can serve two masters, for 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 God and money.” When we worship money, we are living a self-centered life, not a God-centered life. Later in this same passage, Jesus reminds us that God is in control and we are not. Wow, that’s humbling, freeing and uplifting!
As you reflect on the truth that He is God and you are not, let the freedom of that truth wash over you and set you free from your worry and doubt about your life and finances. Trust God with all that you have, commit it to Him, and then sit back and watch as He uses it and you. May God’s peace encourage you as you pursue financial wisdom and depend on His Truth.
“Trust God with all that you have, commit it to Him, and then sit back and watch as He uses it and you.”