No matter how holy you are, we all know that it takes money…currency…mediums of exchange to operate in this world.
Even the church, The Body of Christ, must utilize money to interact with the world for goods, services, citizenship, to do kingdom work in the world, serve and sustain until the LORD returns. Look at how Jesus humbled Himself to submit to the world’s system of money and taxes…
Matthew 17:24-27 (NKJV)
24 When they had come to Capernaum,[a] those who received the temple tax came to Peter and said, “Does your Teacher not pay the temple tax?” 25 He said, “Yes.”
And when he had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?” 26 Peter said to Him, “From strangers.” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free. 27 Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money;[b] take that and give it to them for Me and you.”
Jesus admitted that THIS world is not His kingdom…
John 18:36 (NKJV)
36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”
His kingdom has a different medium of exchange…
Love, like money, does no one any good if it’s not exchanged….
It can be a gift, given even if it’s not reciprocated…
Or, it can be exchanged to the mutual benefit or enjoyment of those involved in the transaction.
Consider that through God’s love…
We were BOUGHT
1 Corinthians 6:20 (NKJV)
20 For you were BOUGHT at a price; therefore glorify God in your body[a] and in your spirit, which are God’s.
We were REDEEMED
1 Peter 1:18-20 (NKJV)
18 knowing that you were not REDEEMED with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you
We were GIVEN a GIFT
John 3:16 (NKJV)
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Look a what else God says about love…
LOVE is our only spiritual DEBT
Romans 13:8-10 (NKJV)
8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,”[a] “You shall not covet,”[b] and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”[c] 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
WE ARE COVERED ANE EMPOWERED TO COVER
1 Peter 4:8 (NKJV)
8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”[a]
Look at what the God told the church at Laodicea…
Revelations 3:14-17 (NKJV)
14 “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans[f] write,
‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,[g] I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I AM RICH, HAVE BECOME WEALTHY AND HAVE NEED OF NOTHING’—AND DO NOT KNOW THAT YOU ARE WRETCHED, MISERABLE, POOR, BLIND, AND NAKED—
LOOK AT LOVE’S BEHAVIOR…
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NKJV)
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love is the power behind…the support…and the medium transfer for those ‘TANGIBLE INTANGIBLES’ that God calls The Fruit of the Spirit. ( for more read…GOD’S TANGIBLE INTANGIBLES…)
In fact, they all operate in perfection ONLY through true love…
Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
That’s why love is superior to any Fruit of the Spirit or spiritual attribute we can have. Back to 1 Corinthians 13…
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (NKJV)
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.
Did you catch that at the end of verse 3? “PROFITS me nothing”.
LOVE IS THE CURRENCY THAT FUNDS SPIRITUAL WARFARE
Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Think about this…
Even those who don’t believe in God have this attribute of Him in them when they exercise love because we are all created in His image.
There will be no need for money when we reign with God forever, just as was His intention for us in the beginning.
Don’t let the devil make you bankrupt by hardening your heart. That’s what he really wants to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).
Love hard and share your wealth…