JESUS TEACHES US ABOUT MONEY
Jesus had a lot to say about money because money rules our lives. Without money we cannot live. We need money for everything we do – we buy food and clothing; we pay rent for our home or we buy a property if we have enough money; we need money to pay school fees for our children, for fuel for our vehicles or for bus or train fares, and so on. Unless we are like the animals who live off the land, we all need money.
The problem is that we never seem to have enough. However much or little we have, we always need a little more. One of the reasons is that we have the wrong idea about money and the wrong attitude to our money and possessions. Jesus taught His disciples, and that’s us too if we truly want to follow Him, how to handle our money so that we will always have enough.
It may sound crazy but Jesus said that the best way to have enough money is to give some of it away. Like anything we hoard, what we selfishly keep for ourselves will get stale, become rotten or get stolen. The best way to save our money is to put it in the bank of heaven. There it cannot get stolen. Jesus said it this way:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your heart is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 5:19-21.
How can we store up treasure in heaven? There is no “Bank of Heaven” in town where we can deposit our money.
Money is the currency we work with on earth and faith is the currency of heaven. In order to protect what we own, which actually belongs to God because He gave it to us to use as He directs us, we have to become partners with God. Every time we help someone in need, we make a deposit in our heavenly “bank account”. When we are in need and we ask God for help, He prompts someone who is listening to Him to give to us because we have a deposit in our account.
This is the way God has chosen to keep His resources circulating. He gives us the strength and skill to earn a salary but He also tells us how we must use that money. If we use it all up on ourselves and do nothing to help another person in need, we have nothing to draw from when we need extra money. When we put a deposit on heaven by giving some of our money away, God will take care of us when a crisis arises and we don’t have enough money to pay.
Jesus said that if we are selfish and greedy we have a “dark” eye. That means that we are always looking after ourselves and care nothing for other people. If we are generous, we have an “eye of light”. That means that we can see beyond the end of our own noses. If we only live to make money so that we can become rich, we cannot serve God as well. We will serve what we love – either God or money, not both.
Disciples are to be like God the Father and Jesus, His Son – generous and kind to everyone.
Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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