Right Attitudes about Money
“Don’t think money does everything or you are going to end up doing everything for money.” – Voltaire
Last week we talked about attitudes that will cause you to become a slave to money. If you haven’t read that feature, I recommend you check it out. It fits perfectly with today’s blog!
Today I’m flipping the script. First, we’ll take a look at the four ways God provides money to us, then we’ll learn how to work with him to grow both financially and spiritually!
The four methods God uses to provide for people are…
People in the early church were very good about supporting others. A great example is when Christians in Macedonia (now Greece) sent support to impoverished believers in Jerusalem. Believers there were being “starved out.” No one would hire them because they followed Jesus. Paul commended the Macedonians for their generosity by writing…
They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us [for the Jewish Christians].
– 2 Corinthians 8:5 (NIV)
Divine appointment -
Sometimes God deliberately arranges for money to “come across your path.” This often happens in amazing ways. If you’ve ever been fishing, you’ll appreciate this story...
While traveling to the temple one day, Peter and Jesus were asked to pay a tax. Jesus told Peter to
…go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a large silver coin. Take it and pay the tax for both of us.”
– Matthew 17:27 (NLT)
Isn’t that a great way to have your taxes paid! Anyone care to join me on a fishing expedition next April 15th?
Solomon, one of the wisest people to ever live, said…
The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.
– Ecclesiastes 9:11 (NIV)
Mutual exchange -
About mid-way through his ministry on Earth, Jesus sent out seventy-two of his followers to teach and heal people throughout the region. One of his instructions was…
Don’t hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve their pay.
– Luke 10:7 (NLT)
Of these four channels, which do you think God uses most? Is it charity? How about divine appointment? Or chance?
I think the answer is pretty clear! At some point in our lives, God may use all four. But, 99.9% of the time he expects us to participate in mutual exchange.
If mutual exchange is God’s preferred method for providing wealth, what must you do for this channel to work for you? The answers are simple in concept...but will take some effort to put into practice.
First, you seek God.
Ask God what you’ve been created to do. This is right in line with what Jesus said:
…seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
– Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
What has God given you to exchange? Perhaps it’s an idea or a skill, experience or education. People pay good money for these things.
Next: develop a plan.
Here are five questions to help formulate your strategy:
- What will it take to finish?
- Do I have what it takes?
- If not, how can I get what it takes?
- Am I will to give what it takes?
- Who is going to buy what I’m offering?
(This final question is especially critical!)
As you’re planning, remember:
“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.”
- Proverbs 21:5 (NIV)
I have a friend who retired after over 30 years at a large communications company. When he started working, there were no mobile phones or internet, only wires, landlines, and operators. How was he able to work there so long? He committed to growing his skills, enhancing his capabilities, and learning new things.
Observe people who are good at their work—skilled workers are always in demand and admired; they don't take a back seat to anyone.
– Proverbs 22:29 (MSG)
After you’ve completed the first three steps…GO FOR IT!
God has done his part…he’s developed a great plan to provide for you through mutual exchange. Your part is to seek him and prepare. When it all comes together, you’ll receive both monetary and spiritual rewards!
Regardless of how God chooses to provide for a situation, remember to be grateful! Now is a good time to take a moment and thank him.