Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Show me your statement...
When the topic of money comes up, its usually in the context of us not having enough of it. We could all use a little more. Someone once asked Nelson Rockefeller how much money was enough, and he responded “just a little more.”
But in reality, the issue is not how much money we have, but "what does God want to teach us about money?"
Did you know that there are over 500 verses in the bible that deal with prayer, over 500 verses that deal with faith, but there are over 2000 verses that deal with the subject of money and possessions? Jesus talked about money in sixteen of His thirty-eight parables. Clearly, from the bible's standpoint, there is something that God wants us to understand about His principles concerning money and possessions.
Why? Perhaps it is because money is a test of our faith and our priorities. You see, money is something that is near and dear to us; we need it to live; we use it to buy stuff that we need, and stuff that we want. So the way we manage our money can tell us a lot about what we consider to be important. The is an old adage: Show me your checkbook, and I’ll show you your priorities. I suppose today it would be “look at your online account statement…!
I certainly don’t want to look at anyone’s account statement, but perhaps we should ask ourselves: What would my account statement say about my priorities? What would it say about my faith?