What Does God Want Me to Do with My Money? (Part 1)
What does God want us to do with our money? Is money evil? First off, scripture does NOT say, “the root of all kinds of evil is money.” Nope! Money is not evil. Scripture DOES say, “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” It’s the LOVE of money that gets us into trouble. So, what are Christians called to do with their wealth? What’s the godly way to handle our money?
Here are four attitudes God wants us to have toward our wealth:
1. God Wants Me To Be GRATEFUL.
God wants us to appreciate what we've got. Be thankful to God.
Eccl. 5:19 And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it… —this is indeed a gift from God.
Everything we have is a gift from God. We wouldn't have anything if it wasn't a gift from God. Oh, you worked with your hands, your brain, to get your wealth? Who gave you your hands and your brain? Who gave us the very ability we've got? We wouldn't have anything if it wasn't for the grace of God. We wouldn't even be alive.
Deut. 8:18 Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful.
It's all a gift. Be grateful for whatever we've got, because it's a gift from God.
2. God Wants Me To Be GLAD.
Enjoy what we've got while we've got it.
Eccl. 7:14 Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realize that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life.
Notice that he says God gives us good times and bad times. Why? Because, he says, he wants us to realize that nothing is certain. If we put our trust in money, it's going to disappoint us. So He gives us times of plenty and times of poverty.
Notice the word "enjoy." Be glad when we have money. Happiness isn't getting whatever we want. Happiness is enjoying whatever we have. And God wants us to enjoy what we've got.
I Tim. 6:17 God… richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.
God enjoys watching us enjoy what He's given us. Just like, as a parent, I enjoy watching my kids enjoy the gifts I've given them. God enjoys watching us enjoy the material blessings we have.
But do we enjoy what we've got? Are we grateful and glad? Or are we gloomy and greedy, always wanting more and never content or satisfied? Many people are too busy getting more that they don't have any time to enjoy what they have.
Eccl. 6:9 Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless—like chasing the wind.
Everybody wants financial freedom. Financial freedom is not having "enough money" -- we'll never have enough for all our wants. Financial freedom is not having more money, it's having fewer wants.
The wealthiest person is the person who is happiest with the least amount.
What does it take to make you happy? Contentment is saying, "I'm happy with what I've already got." Most people don't know how to enjoy what they already have. They don't know how to be grateful or glad.
What are you waiting on to make you happy?