Proverbs 3:9-10 (KJV)
Honor the Lord with your possessions,
And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine.
Proverbs 3:9-10 (NIV)
Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.
Money. Money. Money. I’ve always thought of money as a nice gift but nothing I’ve ever wanted. When ever I have more than I need, I’d either spend it all, or give it away. After much thought, that isn’t very wise. Money is a gift from the Lord, a gift that should be taken more seriously. We often spend our money just as fast, if not faster than we are getting it. Spending it away on earthly possessions, things we “need,” things we will only use once, things we will never use, and etc. When looking at Matthew 25:14-30 I have a hard time looking at money as something that doesn’t matter. Everything we do, we should do for the Lord, we can all agree with this right? The same is true with our money. In the Matthew parable Jesus is telling us to invest our talents, our gifts, our money, so that it may grow. In the parable the man who does nothing with his money gets it taken away from him, and gives it to the man with 10 talents.
Why make ourselves rich with money? Jesus warns us that it is easier for a camel to go through an eye of a needle than for a rich person to get into Heaven. Truth is, it’s not about being rich. It is about having enough money to give yourself finical security, it’s about having enough money to give to those who are dedicating their lives to the ministry, it’s about not having to owe anyone a doubt (we will discuss this one further into Proverbs), it’s about being free from the World and able to serve the Lord fully, and it’s about trusting in the Lord by working hard towards success.
Having money is not about being better than everyone else, it’s simply about working hard enough to sustain yourself and those in need. It’s about not being lazy which we are warned against in the Bible. In the end, it is about honoring the Lord with your wealth. With all that we earn because of God’s great work, we should, with great joy, give back to Him who helped us along the way. In doing this He will reward us all the more, like He did with Job.
We are given more than we need, not to waste away, but to use it to work harder and to put yourself in a better position to serve the Lord!
- Proverbs 5:21 (quietudeandnoise.wordpress.com)
- Proverbs 3:9-10 (proverbialthought.com)
- More on how to handle God’s Money – His Way! (revdavidsbiblestudybiblebootcamp.wordpress.com)