So, I want to follow-up yesterday’s post with some thoughts about money.
Have you ever run into stingy Christians?
How can this be?
Well guess what – stingy Christians will never get past money!
Check this out:
If therefore you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous mammon, who will entrust the true riches to you? (Luke 16:11 NASB)
This verse begs a few questions:
- What’s in your wallet? Is it yours or His?
- What would that faithfulness look like?
- What are true riches?
1 - Let me be plain here – Everything you have actually belongs to God, and you are meant to manage it for Him. I understand that many of us have a hard time even tithing and feel like God has some nerve even suggesting such a thing. This simply demonstrates that we don’t understand Whose empire we are managing. (I am resisting a rant here)
2 - If this is true, that it is all God’s, then wouldn’t faithful management reflect His character? God is the most generous, loving, and passionate being in any universe.
(ok now I am going to rant a bit)
I have heard people for years blaming their stingy lifestyle on “good stewardship.” Let me help you – Good stewardship MUST reflect the priorities of the Master. [Tweet This] If the stewardship does not reflect the Master’s priorities, then it is bad stewardship.
Show me one place in scripture when God is stingy.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NASB)
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32 NASB)
Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow. (James 1:17 NASB)
3 – Finally – true riches? I have heard this scripture preached that if you want lots of money you need to be faithful in a little money, but I do not believe that is what Jesus is saying here.
What would you call True Riches?
- Souls? (Your loved ones, friends and acquaintances in the kingdom of God)
- Revelation? (The ability to know the voice of God and hear it)
- Love? (True friendship – joy filled community of believers)
- Revial? (Can a nation be turned toward Jesus?)
What would you add to my list?
Know this – all of the most valuable things in life come through living as a generous re-presentation of our amazing Father.