In God We Trust: the Christian way to Manage Money

Have you ever considered that there is a Christian way to manage your finances?

Obviously, it is entirely different from the world’s way. The world tells you to work hard to make a million dollars; the Bible says not to love money (1 Tim 6:10). The world encourages you to invest your money for your future; the Bible tells you to give it away to others. 

Give, and it will be given to you; a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, they will give into your bosom. For with what measure you measure, it shall be measured to you in return. –Luke 6:38

The Lord spoke this word to His disciples in the context of His kingdom, today’s church. As Christians we tithe. We support the various needs in our church. Yet under the daily barrage of media from a money-loving society, we may be influenced away from the Biblical view of money. Furthermore, we may not know how many riches there are for believers to experience in managing their money. My last post covered seven blessings in handling finances according to the Lord’s heart. In this post I’d like to share how the “mammon of unrighteousness” can be converted – just as a sinner can be converted to a son of God –  into “treasures in heaven”.

Giving Our All

How can we convert money, which is so opposed to God that it rivals God for worship (Matt 6:24), into something for God’s use? Is it something so simple as earning a lot of money that we may have more to donate to the church? The case of the woman who cast two lepta into the treasury in Mark 12 disproves that possibility. The Lord Jesus commended her action, saying she who cast in out of her lack had offered more than the rich had out of their surplus.

Actually, the Lord said in Greek that she cast in her bios. 

That meant she cast in her physical life, her living. Here’s the principle: with the Lord it’s not how much that matters, but whether or not it is our all. That’s why Paul told the Corinthian believers that he desired them, not what was theirs (2 Cor. 12:14). The point is that believers give the Lord their whole life, not just some of their excess cash.

Obviously I’m not suggesting that we all empty our bank accounts and trust in God for our next meal. We still need to work and earn a living, and we shouldn’t think we ought to be poor. But we need to realize that all the income we earn from the world should be converted to God’s use, just as we ourselves have been.

The Type in Exodus

When the Israelites left Egypt they plundered the Egyptians of gold, silver, clothing, and much spoil. Those riches then became the materials for building Jehovah’s tabernacle among the people. Even the tax I wrote about in a previous post became the silver for the sockets and capitals of the tabernacle boards.

Then Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying, Tell the children of Israel to take for Me a heave offering. From every man whose heart makes him willing you shall take My heave offering. And this is the heave offering which you shall take from them: gold and silver and bronze, And blue and purple and scarlet strands, and fine linen, and goats’ hair, And rams’ skins dyed red, and porpoise skins, and acacia wood, Oil for the light, spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense, Onyx stones and stones to be set for the ephod and for the breastplate. And let them make a sanctuary for Me that I may dwell in their midst. – Exo. 25:1-8

Watchman Nee writes on this subject in the last chapter of his book Love Not the World. The title of that chapter aptly describes the Israelites’ actions and what believers are doing today: we’re “Robbing the Usurper”. His final words in the book, quoted below, are as powerful as they were when first spoken:

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.” You have an anointing from the Holy One: live by it! Give yourself to God; live for Him wholly and utterly; see to it that, where you personally are concerned, the things of this world are scored off Satan’s books and transferred to God’s account. For “the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

May our all be converted from Satan’s realm to God’s kingdom. May we, with the help of One stronger than the “strong man”, bind Satan and thoroughly plunder his house.

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