11/22/14

Wonder and Our Wealth

Wonder over God will potentially affect every area of lifeeven our wallets!

Finances aren't just a side-issue with God. How we deal with money is one good indicator or the condition of our heart. As evangelist Billy Graham said, "If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life."

A person's financial "attitude" begins with some basic understandings of the source of wealth.

Ron Blue and Jeremy L. White expounded on this idea in their book, Faith-Based Family Finances:

"God owns it all; we are managers for a temporary period. ... 
It's all God's because an owner has rights
and I, as a steward, have only responsibilities. ... 
Every spending decision is a spiritual decision." *

Do we truly understand? God owns it all! He's the Creator and sustainer of the earth, the planets, the great systems in the sky. All our amassed wealth is nothing compared to God's ownership of the universe. 

As a child, I got a glimpse of the wonder of God's immense wealth and power when I sang in church, "He owns the cattle on a thousand hills, the wealth in every mine."(See Psalm 50:10; Haggai 2:8.)

If we could only grasp the great wealth of GodHis "riches in glory"and remember how He is more than able to care for us (Philippians 4:19), how could we ever be afraid of lack?

When we are poor stewards of our finances, our spiritual health is exposed. "... wise stewardship is an indicator of spiritual health," said Ron Blue. "Your checkbook reveals all that you really believe about stewardship. Your life story could be written from your checkbook." 
We can't fake—or hide—what our checkbooks, credit cards and church tithing records reveal about our hearts.
The Bible has much to say about our use of money. Here are just a few scriptures:

Proverbs 13:11 "Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it."
Ecclesiastes 5:10 — "He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income...."
Proverbs 3:9 — "Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the first-fruits of all your produce."
Proverbs 10:4 — "A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich."
Matthew 6:21, 24 "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also ... 'No one can serve two masters ... You cannot serve God and money.'"
1 Timothy 6:10a "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils...."
Hebrews 13:5a "Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have...."
 
If our hearts are not right with God, neither will our wallets be right with Him.

To get finances in order, the wise Christian will spend some time alone with the Lord, wondering over His power and ownership of all things.

Do you understand God owns every penny you have and all you have accumulated? How will you use it for His glory?

* Ron Blue with Jeremy L. White, Faith-Based Family Finances 
(Focus on the Family; Tyndale House Publishers, 2008), pp. 4-7.