A recent Crown Devotion reminds me of how money can sometimes sadly be used to fulfill our own personal desires and plans. For example, some people take the resources God provides and use them to chase after material possessions to help define their social status. It almost becomes competitive to drive the nicest car, live in the best neighborhood, etc. And it often leads to the debt problems we have in society today.
The initial purpose of material things is to make our lives easier and more comfortable; however, the possession of ‘things’ has become the scorecard to determine success. The pressure to provide the luxuries that now have become commonplace causes many of us to encumber ourselves with debts. “And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever.” (1 John 2:17 NASB).
But, God has a purpose in the money he provides us to manage. It’s called His will. Have you ever stopped to think that you may have gotten that raise or bonus to further His plan, or to perhaps fulfill a mission he has in mind for you? God is using money in our lives to buld trustworthiness. He wants to make sure we can handle His resources wisely and use them based on His will and not necessarily for the things we sometimes desire
In all honesty, I don’t seek His will with my personal finances enough. It’s easy to go through the motions every month in getting the paycheck, give, save and spend the rest. Before you know it, we’ve done all these things and it’s the end of the month. Okay, so I’m not saying we need to say a prayer everytime we stop and purchase a cup of coffee, but I think it is definitely important to seek His will when we receive money from our paychecks or an increase such as a bonus.
Perhaps He has a specific purpose this month for the money He has provided. Perhaps someone close to us needs help. Perhaps God is calling us to save it for something important in the near future. It’s important to ask: God, how can I use your money this month to fulfill your purpose or plan?
If we chase after material things. If those things are the first thought at the begining of the month, we lose out on the opportunity to see God’s purpose for the money in our lives. It’s actually an exciting thing to think about: the will of God for our lives. God can do big things and you can be a part of it!