The Role of Money

Money plays a much bigger role in our lives than we might think. For most of us, we have to have it to function in our world. If that is all that money is used for, it would be worthwhile. However, money has much subtle influence in our lives. Some live to accumulate it. Having a lot of money may give a false sense of security. Others may want it for the power it brings or for the things that they can acquire. Still others may want it to impress, manipulate or bribe people. It often starts out to be the means to an end and gradually becomes a false idol in our lives. It can also ring us into bondage. Some people will do anything for money. They might slave to earn it, steal it, lie to get it, blackmail, gamble, murder, etc. For many, money aids and abets our lusts for things we want. Trying to satisfy those lusts, people go into debt, often beyond their ability to pay. Debt they can’t meet, brings worry, fear, stress, discouragement, sometimes death. For those who know Jesus as Savior and Lord, money is for basic needs, reasonable enjoyments and for ministry. God’s Word gives wise principles for financial freedom. Instead of money being our master, it becomes a servant for God’s glory and brings blessing into our lives. Jesus said in Luke16:11: “If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon (riches), who will commit to your trust the true riches?” Faithfulness in proper use of money is by means of exercising discipline, and discipline in our Christian lives bring Spiritual riches. Paul gave Timothy and us very sound instruction in I Timothy 6:17. He admonished us not to: “….trust in uncertain riches, but in the Living God, Who giveth us richly all things to enjoy.” Johnson Oatman, Jr. offers wise counsel in his hymn, “Count Your Blessings.” He wrote: “When you look at others with their lands and gold, think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold; count your many blessings money cannot buy, your reward in Heaven nor your home on high.” Selah! Money is a trust. Be a faithful steward! You’ll be blessed.  Ron

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One thought on “The Role of Money

  1. Thank You, Pastor Ron, for your labor of love.
    We all appreciate the love that overflows from your writings.
    Romans 5:5
    Rebecca G

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