Mastered By… Part 2: Money or God?

“God can have our money and not have our hearts, but he cannot have our hearts without having our money.” – R. Kent Hughes

In a personal finance management class I took at Indiana Wesleyan University, they used a book by Ron Blue called “Master Your Money”. In this book, Mr. Blue gives his Four Basic Biblical Principles to Having Enough while looking at the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25.

  1. God Owns It All

This principle comes from Matthew 25:14, “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them.”

This is probably the most important principle that you can know. If you have a clear understanding, deep down, that God owns what you have, and you truly live to love and worship your God who has given so much to you, I believe that you will take care of this money that He has entrusted to you. Looking around in your home, do you own these things forever or do you just merely possess them right now?

Also, you have to remember that every spending decision is a spiritual decision. God owns it all, so every transaction is a reflection on your relationship with God. He doesn’t say we have to spend it or manage it all in the same way. He gives us resources to provide for us, benefit us, and reach the world for Christ.

  1. We Are in a Growth Process

Money and material possessions are a very effective tool that God uses to help each of us grow. Instead, of asking, “God, why are you doing this to me?” Or “Why does it have to be so hard?” Try asking, “God, what are you trying to teach me?” It is true in Matthew 25:20 that the rewards that we are storing up in Heaven will be determined by how well we are handling God’s property. In the Parable of the Talents, it’s recalled that the master says to his servant, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” Managing your money, will not happen overnight, but keep your eye on the reward and remember that as you manage what you have, God will trust with more to manage!

  1. The Amount Is Not Important

In the Parable of the Talents, it would have been easy for the men to fight and bicker, saying, “Why did he get more than me? Hey, why didn’t I get more?” In reality, it would be easy to do that too. We could examine and ask the questions of why others have received more than us, but to Jesus’ challenge, we must be content with what we have. Manage and be responsible with what you have. Don’t covet the possessions of others. A wise person once told me, “Doesn’t matter how much the Lord has given. What matters is what you do with the Lords.”

  1. Faith Requires Action

It’s so easy to stay in the same cycle and keep doing things the way we’ve always done them. We don’t take action to change our financial situation, even though God has given the tools and resources to make it happen. We are afraid of failure or making a mistake. We do what we “feel” good about and not what is the “truth”. Trust God, turn your finances over to Him, and live a life that has freedom and not bondage. Martin Luther King Jr., who fought for change and freedom from the slavery of racism was quoted saying, “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.”

Jesus said, later in Matthew 6, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

Choose to serve God with all your heart and all of your life and HIS money.

Blue, R. (1986). Master your money: A step-by-step plan for financial freedom. Nashville: T. Nelson.

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Joe Deckard

Assistant Pastor

Jack of All Trades. Texting Evangelist.Former Insurance Agent Manager.World Traveler.Husband of Best Wife Ever.Gratefully Rescued.

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