“One verse in every six in the first three Gospels relates either directly or indirectly to money. Sixteen of our Lords forty-four parables deal with the use of misuse of money. A loving, joyful, liberal giving to the Lords work is an acid test of a spiritual heart, pleasing to God.” William Allen
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
Lately I have been thinking a great deal about financial issues. I have been asking myself several questions: How can I save money? What can I do to increase the amount of money I have coming in? What expenses can I cut out? What future financial goals do I have? Which ones do I need to set, and which ones need to be a priority? Needless to say, it is easy for me to be overly concerned with my financial condition, and this is something that God has convicted me about. I often think that I should invest in stocks, mutual funds, or even gold to prepare for future events whither they consist of emergencies or planned provisions. Yet how often do I stop to think about how I am currently investing in my heavenly stock? I often worry about the amount of money I have in the bank, but why do I not worry about the amount of treasures I have in heaven? As a Christian, it is my duty to live life on this earth as just a traveler. A man only passing through a foreign country does not invest in businesses that will not profit him in his homeland, nor does he acquire debt. To do so would be foolish. I myself in the same way should not invest the majority of the money that has been given me in something that will not profit me in eternity.
It is seems difficult for me to completely trust that God will provide for all of the needs that I have. But when you read His word, I find that God never allows his children to go without. Even in times when their basic needs were not met, He still was faithful to meet their real needs. I pray that God gives me the faith of a child to trust in Him to meet my needs just as a child trust his parents. Now, in case anyone may take what I say backwards, I do not mean that we should not work to earn our living. On the contrary, Paul said in 1 Timothy 5:8 “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” The concern that I have for myself is that my focus is on the finances and acquiring them, than actually on trusting Christ to provide for my needs. Your focus makes all the difference in the world. Jesus, in response to concerns about material possessions, said:
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
I am seeking every day to conform my thinking to that of Christ’s, and that requires trusting in him completely for everything. The challenge I give to myself and to you is to seek the Kingdom of God above everything else in the this world, even our desires, dreams, plans, jobs, friends, and family. Especially during this Christmas season, it is easy to loose sight of this. We tend to look at how our pocket book is getting smaller, or focus on the gifts, than focus on the true meaning of Christmas. When we seek the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom before everything else, and readily invest into the heavenly treasures, the King himself will see to it that our needs our met out of His great, and endless provisions.
For the Glory of God, and the advancement of His Kingdom,
Nathan D. Hamilton – Esquire