We all know that money and credit are necessary mediums of exchange to navigate this world and sustain our lives. Proper and shrewd management of these resources are what the world uses to determine ‘success’.
Yes, the LOVE of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10), but it also takes money to conduct business, both personal and kingdom business…
Ecclesiastes 10:18-19 (NKJV)
18 Because of laziness the [a]building decays,
And through idleness of hands the house leaks.
19 A feast is made for laughter,
And wine makes merry;
But money answers everything.
Acts 4:34-35 (NKJV)
34 Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, 35 and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need.
The bible let’s us know that those who manage money well have a ‘worldly’ advantage over those who don’t…
Proverbs 22:7 N (NKJV)
7 The rich rules over the poor,
And the borrower is servant to the lender.
Think about it, most people don’t OWN their home for years…the mortgage company does. You can still lose your home after making payments for 20 years if you fall on hard times and if it doesn’t hold its value.
However, currency of God’s Kingdom doesn’t have dollar $ign$…
The anointing of God’s Holy Spirit…
Your gifts and talents…
Sincere, Unconditional Love…
I call these ‘Tangible Intangibles” that are priceless. These are true riches.
Matthew 16:26 (NKJV)
26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
1 Corinthians 13 (NKJV)
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 ofprophecy, 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 [a]to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not [b]puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, [c]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.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is [d]perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Some people are very shrewd with money and their credit. They are very careful to not make any mistakes…they protect their money and protect their credit. Others are more careless or have fallen victim to unfortunate circumstances.
So, here’s my 1st question. Which person are you?
Here’s my second question? If you managed your soul the same way you manage your money and credit…what would it look like? How ‘healthy’ be? How ‘wealthy’ would it be?
Let us learn a lesson from those who are shrewd with worldly wealth and resources and apply that same diligence to our spiritual life.
Luke 16:8-11 (NKJV)
8 So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light.
9 “And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous [a]mammon, that when [b]you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home. 10 He who isfaithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
This may also bless you: WHAT IF YOU COULD SEE YOUR SOUL? (From my archives)