How do all of the mission trips that you’ve inevitably seen pictures of on social media take place hours and maybe even days of travel away in another country? Why does your pastor talk about the “budget” at least one time a year from the pulpit?
These things happen because of money. Now I am well aware and have heard stories of missionaries being called by God to a specific place and heeding that call with virtually no money to their name. Those stories are real and not all ministry takes money to occur.
With that being said, the day to day Christian lives in a complex economy where “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch” to quote Milton Friedman. Nothing comes free. Your fellow church members work by day to support your church and its financial viability.
Money is vitally important to the everyday Christian in America. To follow Christ in all of life you must have a working knowledge of how money works (more on that later if you follow my blog) and how to put the money God blesses you with to best use.
The first thing you need to understand is that the money you have is not yours. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians saying:
21 So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours,23 and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.
– 1 Corinthians 3:21-23
God has called us to be good stewards of what he bestows on us.
If you look at our society today it easy to notice that money is idolized. There is no doubt that money is the God of many today.
Because money is worshipped as the ultimate goal in life, Christians are quite leery of money and rightfully so. They are scared to make large amounts of money because of the stigma that rich people have. It is true that money can easily draw people away from God, but it is because they move God away from the center of their life.