Money. we deal with it every day. There is not a single person in this world that won’t need it. Most of our waking moments, for that matter sleeping moments too, are somehow intertwined with money. Money is essential in our life. But it takes up space in our minds and hearts. Because no matter where we are in life everyone wants more money. People spend most of their time working to gather more money only to spend it and then work again to gather some more. Before we realize we get trapped in this cycle. People hop on the treadmill of making money, but the sad truth is that once they start running, it never stops. The number one cause of divorce in marriage today is financial issues. The number one cause of most diseases is stress. And if you dig up the cause for the stress in most people’s lives it would turn out to be financial in nature. Sadly, money which we think brings happiness is the cause of distress and despair in many people’s lives. So, what is the answer? Get rid of the money? Of course not! It is not possible to operate in this world without money. But there is good news. The Bible teaches us how to properly deal with money and break free from the unending struggle of chasing a dangling carrot.
Before we learn how to master money, we need to know what it is! So, what is money? If you ask this question, most people’s response may be, “Well, what do you mean ‘What is money’? It is money. You need money to live”. Or they might point to some dollar notes (or whatever currency they use) in their wallet. They might even think their credit cards are money. Think about it. People are chasing something they can’t even properly define, just because the world tells them that it is what they need to be happy in life.
Now back to our question. What is money? You don’t need to be an economics professor, a wall street insider or a billionaire to answer that question. If we think about it, the answer is not that complicated. Money is simply a medium through which we exchange commodities. We go work a job and give our time, talent and skills to an employer in exchange for money. We take this money in the form of currency notes and coins, debit cards, credit cards to the grocery store and exchange it for apples, carrots, thanksgiving turkey and even ice cream. Who doesn’t like ice cream? But you get the point. We are not really working for money. We are working for food, clothes, TVs, cars, houses, movie tickets and the list goes on. Since the employer cannot possibly bring all these things you want to the workplace and give them to you, he simply pays you in money. And each country has created a standard form of money (currency like US Dollar, Great Britain Pound, Indian Rupee, etc.) to be used throughout their nation so people can trade with convenience. So that is all money is – convenience and nothing more.
We now can define what money is. But to be able to control money instead of the other way around we must shed some more light on our understanding of money. Such as, the world calls money good. On the other hand, religion calls it evil. So, which is it? Here’s the truth. Money is neither good nor evil. The world calls it good because they think it is the source of their provision. Religion calls it evil because they think it is the source of all evil. This is what the Bible has to say in this matter. “For the love of money is the root of all evil.” (1 Tim 6:10)
It is the ‘love of money’ but not money itself that is the root of all evil. Love of money is nothing but trusting in one’s own ability and self-effort. When we trust in our own ability to provide for ourselves the Bible calls it the love of money which is the root of all evil. Jesus instructed us to not worry about what we eat and what we wear. (See Mat 6:25-34). We might as well add few more things in that list of what we shouldn’t worry about. Like, “What if the stock market crashes tomorrow? What if I lost my job? How will I pay my medical bills? Where can I get approved for a home loan? How will I make a car payment?” We worry about these things because we love money. Because we trust in our own ability to provide for ourselves. Once we get past living paycheck to paycheck and save up some money in the bank. We now have new things to worry about! “Do I have enough to pay for my bills next month or next year or after retirement”. That is still worrying, and it is still called the love of money. It might seem like worrying about finances and provisions is a responsible thing to do. But it is the root of all evil. Therefore, so many in our society are stuck in life and have so many problems. In fact, let us read Jesus’ comment in the previous verse in Mat 6:24. “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (money)”
Jesus says that we will either love God or love money, but we cannot do both at the same time. And then, he says not to worry about how to provide for yourself. Jesus is implying that if we worry about our own provision we are in love with money. When we combine Jesus’ words in Matthew 6 and 1 Timothy 6:10, it boils down to this. Regardless of a person being rich or poor, if he or she is worried about how they can provide for their own needs it is the love of money and it is the root of all evil. It doesn’t matter if they are worried about where their next meal comes from or something like how much bank balance would be enough for their retirement. But isn’t this the way of life? It might be for the world. But for a child of God, there is a better way. There is no need for a Christian to worry like the rest of the world. Jesus continues to say in Matthew 6:32-33, “For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Jesus is saying that there is another way we can have our provisions met. He is talking about a different economy. Something that’s not based on this world’s currency. How do we know that? Notice he mentioned the “Kingdom of God”. Any kingdom or government has an economic system. You might say, “Oh no! There is no money involved in heaven or the Kingdom of God.” Well, you better believe there is money involved in the Kingdom of God. If there isn’t an economic system in place in the Kingdom of God, there isn’t any salvation for mankind either. What? I know we are stepping over some toes here, but I request you to keep reading and it will all make sense.
Let’s go back to our definition of money. It is a medium through which two parties can exchange goods or services. We agree on this, right? Let us read 1 Peter 1:18-19. “knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” In this verse, we are shown a redemption – a trade, an exchange that took place. It was our redemption. And the medium or money or currency that was used to redeem us was not silver or gold (might add US Dollar, GB Pound, etc) but it was the blood of Jesus. Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 6:20 and 7:23 states the same truth.“We were bought at a price.”
So we now know there is an economy in the The Kingdom of God. We were purchased into the Kingdom of God (obtained citizenship of that Kingdom) through the Blood of Jesus. Those of us who accept and acknowledge the payment Jesus made on our behalf now become the citizens of Heaven. Amazing! Praise the Lord Jesus forever! Let us find out more about the economy of heaven and see how the Kingdom of God operates. But first, we need to see how the world economies operate.
The economies of this world operate with paper money which is printed and distributed based on a nation’s gold reserves and other assets. But we keep hearing in the news how the governments run out of money, so they keep printing even more money. That kind of system will eventually implode. We have seen many nations collapse to the ground because of this faulty economic system. What is wrong with this system is that it’s not based on a fair exchange. In this system, people are always trying to make a profit that is, they are trying to get more money in a trade. If the value of an item let’s say is $10, they sell it for $20. The goods are not being traded at their real value, but they are traded for what they think or present the value to be. Some new product comes out, and they advertise it so much and make it appear that it is the new must-have product which you cannot live without. So, they sell a new phone at $1000. But wait for a year and they bring down the price to $500. Do you think they are losing money now that they are selling it at $500? No, they are not. The device probably cost $100 or even less to manufacture. They have fooled millions of people to buy it at $1000 and made enormous profits already. You are giving them more, and they are giving you less. This happens all the time. If this continues, eventually somebody is going to run out of money. The governments print more money, distribute the money to the banks which lend that money to people, who go borrow this money to purchase more cell phones, TVs, houses and cars at an extremely overvalued price. And then we pay interest on the borrowed money as well. Wow!! No wonder people are stressed out. They go and work longer, work an extra job trying to catch up or even worse try to design schemes and bluff others to steal money. Folks, this is modern-day slavery! It is time for the church to break out of this bondage. It is time to stop serving money and start serving God.
Unlike the corrupt economies of this world, the Kingdom of God operates with the integrity of God’s Word. There are certain laws by which the Kingdom operates. These are not some mere rules, but they are the principles by which heaven and earth were created. Moreover, these principles do not work to benefit non-citizens. Jesus said to seek first the ‘Kingdom of God’ and ‘His Righteousness’ so that all these provisions can be added to you. You must be a citizen of heaven to operate in its economy. Because with that citizenship comes Sonship. When we make Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, we are transformed into his likeness, the Sons of God. And with sonship comes authority. This authority that we receive through Jesus as a result of putting our faith in Him is called Righteousness. Without righteousness, we cannot operate or trade in the Kingdom of God. Now let’s look at the core principle by which God’s Kingdom operates. It is called the “Seed”.
Consider this! When you plant a seed in the ground and provide decent moisture and sunlight that seed breaks open and a little sprout shoots out of the soil and starts growing. Continue to give it water, sunlight and time and it will grow and eventually produce fruit or grain after its own kind depending on what you’ve sown. It is that simple! Yes, there are some things you can do to keep the plant from dying or being affected by pests and so forth. But the process is simple. It doesn’t matter if you are a good person or a bad person, male or female, a proper farmer or a corporate employee. All that matters is you plant the seed and it will grow and produce. That is called a law. Sometimes even birds plant seeds through their dropping and the seed still sprouts up. Ha-ha! God created it in such a way that when a seed meets the soil it should grow and produce fruit. This was God’s original plan on how to provide for Adam and Eve, the first man and woman God created. This was God’s economy. But in Genesis 3, Adam and Eve tapped into a different economy. The one this world now operates under. The economy where trade and exchange take place unfairly. You see, Satan came to Eve in the form of a serpent and presented a lie that God was keeping them from something better. When the truth was God gave them the whole earth to subdue and have dominion over. Their job simply was to believe God and take part in the wonderful provision He made for them in the garden and expand the garden throughout all the earth for their future generations using the seed system economy. But they got sold out to Satan on a lie. They traded the inheritance they received from God with Satan in exchange for a lie. Satan gained authority over the earth. He profited from this trade and mankind lost everything. Since then we have been losing in every trade. We think our money can fix this problem. So, we go on to work hard to get out of this bad deal. But no amount of money is enough to pay the mountain of debt we incurred through this deal. It took the blood of Jesus to bring us back into the life of God and the authority that comes with it.
Now that we are back in the Kingdom, we have access to the seed system again. Everything a Christian possesses now in this world becomes a seed. Your money, time, talent, skill, job, bodily strength, cars, houses and whatever you possess are all your seeds now. All that seed needs to do is find good soil to grow and multiply in. That is how all your needs are met. Whatever you sow will sprout up and grow and multiply. Instead of trading your possessions for losses you will begin to plant them and harvest the seed multiplied in abundance. Now, of course, we cannot go and sow cash in the backyard and expect a money tree to sprout up. You see, a seed can grow and produce only and only when its planted in the same soil that it came from. That is, you sow a grain of wheat, an apple seed, a watermelon seed in the ground and they produce. Animals and birds mate with their same kind and produce after the same kind. In the same way, we sow money from the ground where it came from – people! The greatest use of money by which it can produce more is when it is used under the kingdom principles. Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38)
We must remember the reason we receive wealth. It is not so we could have more money, as this motive will put us back in bondage to money and this world’s economy. The sole purpose of money and wealth is to use it for the Gospel of Jesus to be preached to the entire world. To establish his covenant. We find this in Deuteronomy 8:18, “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”
We sow money into people’s lives and bring them the good news of Jesus Christ. So how about everyday life then? We still need to eat, do life, pay taxes and we need money to do all that. Which is why the Bible talks about the tithe (10% of your income). And it also says that every man should give as he purposes in his heart and not grudgingly but cheerfully. God does not want you to give away everything. He knows you will have to deal with everyday life. But remember that if a farmer eats up everything he has and never plants a seed eventually he will not have anything to eat. This is where the Holy Spirit guides us. When we look at everything we have as a seed and we ask God to show us where to sow that seed, he will guide us and lead us where to give and sow. As we sow a portion of our money, the rest of it is sanctified and begins to operate under the kingdom as opposed to the world’s economy. And we will experience the increase eventually. And if we continue in this, the increase will be so great that we will never have to worry about our own provision because God provides for us. And this is not just with money but even our time. He may tell you to go pick up your wife from her work this evening. He may tell you to sit with your husband for some time and just have a casual chat with him. He may tell you to go ask out your colleague for a coffee and get to know them and give a word of encouragement. You never know what the other person is going through. This is how we sow a seed and bring Jesus into their life. And every seed sown, will multiply after its own kind.
This is how we operate in the Kingdom of God. The seed system may not produce instantaneous results like the world system where you trade and receive goods or services immediately. It takes time for the seed to grow and produce. But it is sure, and you can rely on it. This system won’t cheat, and you won’t lose value. The only way it works is through multiplication. Hence you will always have an abundance in the Kingdom and never have to worry about hoarding possessions for future security. Your security is in Jesus and His sure word. I believe this was a blessing to you and I pray that the Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth regarding the provision Jesus made for us through his sacrifice concerning finances. Finally, be blessed as you read and meditate this scripture.
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.” Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men, and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:8-15)The Bible