July 30

Turn my heart to your decrees and not to selfish gain.  Psalm 119:36

The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.  But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness.   1Timothy 6,10-11.

“If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life”.  Reverend Billy Graham. 

“Most people fail to realize that money is both a test and a trust from God”.  Pastor Rick Warren

Of all subjects presented to us in the scriptures, this is the one that I would least choose to write about.  Why that is, I don’t know. But these are the verses for today, and today is my day to write, so here goes—– 

It goes without saying that money is necessary in our society and world.  We must have money in order to have shelter, food, clothing.  What’s more, we need transportation, education, even a vacation once in a while.  But does the Christian view of money include enough money to satisfy all our wants and desires?

James A. Fowler, in an article entitled “Money and the Christian”, talks about money as both tangible and intangible. We use money as a medium of exchange, hence it is a tangible object.  But money has power and as such is an intangible object.

Jesus says in Luke, chapter 16, “you cannot serve God and mammon”.  (Mammon is an Aramaic term for money, wealth or material possessions.)  Jesus is warning us very clearly about the power of money.  If our love of the things which money can buy or attract such as political, economic or social power, there will be little thought of holy living.  The selfish will to acquire will cancel out Christian giving and godliness.  People can actually become owned by the things that they themselves own.  They have forgotten that they belong to God.

Mark Allan Powell, in his book, Loving Jesus, says that some church members have it all wrong about offerings and fund raising in church. “Giving money is an act of worship.  We are to give our money not because the church needs it, (although that is true), but because we need to do it .”  He says that giving away your money is “a sure recipe for spiritual growth.” (P.141)

Dear Jesus,

We still have much to learn about loving you.  Forgive us and teach us as we strive to live godly lives.  Thank you for the gift of money which enables us to live comfortably.  Help us not to forget about those who do not have enough. You have promised us that where our treasure is, there will our hearts be also. Amen

Joan Perlich