We’ve all been taught something on how to view money. We all have our judgments, convictions and standards. But what if the way you view money is actually hurting your opportunity to impact the world around you?
Here are a few ways the Christian community can tend to repel the people around them, hurting their testimony in the process. When it/we:
1) Feels entitled to others money because they are “rich”.
“He’s got so much money, if he were really a Christian, he’d share it with the poor people around us.” He’d share it with me.
Have you said it? Thought it?
It’s no secret that God wants us to give the poor and needy around us, but which did He praise in the New Testament, the rich man who gave from his surplus, or the widow who gave all she had?
Next time you’re tempted to view those “rich guys” as endless piggy banks, ask yourself what you’ve given lately.
2) See’s money as power, rather than a tool.
When did money become the reason we do what we do 10 hours a day? When did it start deciding what we wear, eat, drive, give, don’t give, do, whose friends we are and aren’t, and so much more?
Do you claim God is the one who gives conviction and determines your actions? When you really stop to question each action you take, how often is it the finances, the budget, which determines courses of action? Those around us are smarter than we think sometimes. They will see if what we say doesn’t line up with what we do.
Money (not the love of money) is no different than a brick. It can be used for evil or good, but it is neither. It’s a tool.
A tool God himself controls.
Rather than asking if it’s in the budget the next time God asks you to give, give up, or change, ask instead “How much?”
3) Base others’ worth on their net worth
You meet a couple from church and think they’re great. Instant friends. Soon they invite you over for dinner and the mansion you drive up to makes your comfortable house (and you) feel slightly more insignificant.
That’s okay though because your other friends house is much smaller, dirtier and in a lesser neighborhood than yours. Somehow that makes you a little higher on the totem pole.
“and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?” James 2:3-4
4) Remain stingy
“I want to be wise with my money” can often translate to, “I don’t trust God to give me what I need [want] if I give some of my money away.
Remember when we said money is a tool? Idolizing money turns it into a god, a source of comfort and power. Why would we give it away?
God is so good, so generous.
Do we really not know his character so much that we doubt not only that He will take care of us, but also that he will reward our generosity?