M could be for middle of the alphabet, because that is what it is, so we have now come halfway through the ABC’s for Christian Living. I have chosen the M to represent Money, because the way we see and handle money is a very important part of our Christian life.
It is said that Jesus talked more about money than any other subject except the Kingdom of God. I have not verified it, but the way Jesus talked about money was not as something to strive for, but rather to be content with what we have and to store up treasures in heaven.
“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 treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt 6:19-21).
If we seek for money this is what happens: “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income” (Eccl 5:10).
But when God blesses us with money it’s a different story. “The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it” (Prov 10:22).
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
‘Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.’
So we say with confidence,
‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?’” (Heb 13:5-6).
In the Gospels there is a sad story about a young man that wanted to follow Jesus, but rather than be happy and do as Jesus instructed him, he went away sad. Why?
He was an exemplary young man. He had kept the commandments. But he was tied up to his riches. When Jesus told him to sell his possessions and give to the poor, and then come and follow him, he refused. That’s why he went away sad!
A man had a dream that Jesus came from heaven to bring his bride home. The man was sure he would be one of them because he loved Jesus. Men, women, and children were all lifted up to heaven, but he stayed behind. He stretched his arms towards Jesus asking that he, too, may go with him. “I can’t take you with me,” said Jesus. “You’re tied to earth.” Sure enough! His foot was chained to his house with a big, fat gold chain. Sadly, he saw friends and family happily following Jesus while he stayed behind, chained to his riches. He loved Jesus but he loved money more.
The rich young ruler that came to Jesus went away sad because he loved his riches too much. Many like him have rejected Jesus because to them money was more important.
Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”
17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.”
18 “Which ones?” the man inquired.
Jesus replied, “‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.'”
20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”
21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”
26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money” (Matt 6:24).
“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15).
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (1 Tim 6:6-10).
The Apostle Paul, who wrote the above, also said, “ I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Phil 4:11-13).
Here is some good advice to spur you to save: “Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow” (Prov 13:11).
A man named Agur had these good words to say:
“Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God” (Prov 30:8-9).
“The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep” (Eccl 5:12).
As they say, “Little is much when God is in it.” God can do abundant and extraordinary miracles when we put our finances in his hands. For a Christian money should be a tool to serve the Lord woth and not something that keeps us away from his love.
These are just a few of all the good words the Bible has to say about MONEY. Let’s make sure it doesn’t chain us to the ground keeping us away from Jesus.
Be glad, not sad. Don’t be a fool, use money as a tool.
Jesus and his love is worth more than all the money in the universe!