One of the things we're really passionate about doing here at Tradeway is empowering Christians to be confident with their money. But, sometimes the belief systems we hold are the very things that cause us not to be confident with our money. I want to look at two of the main things that I see in the church as ideas that undermine our confidence. If you're going to pursue the blessing that God has in your life, make sure that these two mindsets aren't hanging out and undermining your confidence.
Trusting money more than you trust God.
Nobody wants to make an idol out of money, but that doesn't mean you can't have money in your life. It just requires that we have a certain maturity so that we can steward the money that God puts into our life. Someone once said that an idol is something that you check with before you give your “yes” to God. I need to make sure that it's okay over here before I'm obedient to the Lord. If we make money an idol, then we're going to try and control it before we let God control our lives. If we elevate money as a power source above the Lord, things are out of order. In that way, we can destroy our testimony. We want to make sure that we're walking with the Lord, who alone can enable us to properly steward the blessings that He's given us. If we keep that order in place, then we know we can manage the blessing He puts in our lives and we don't have to be afraid of it.
2. Hoarding money
Don’t fail to be generous with money. As God brings it in, we're never to become the Dead Sea where things flow in but don't flow out. As God brings blessing into our lives, Paul says, "Command those who are rich in this present age to be generous, willing to share.” If we can keep that priority in place, we don't need to be afraid of greed. "The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil," Paul said. But, if we love God, keep the priority right, remember that we're called to be generous, willing to share, and, in that, giving, we will find our joy in communion with Him, then we don't need to be afraid of either of them.