“We need to come in alignment with God and rest in the truth that He is enough; He is trustworthy with everything, including our finances, and we aren’t just commanded but invited into intimacy with Him through stewarding our money well.” Jimmy Seibert //
Money is a hidden part of our lives that very few people will ever see, yet we deal with it every single day. Whether tangibly exchanging it or mentally stressing over it, our finances are woven into the very fabric of our culture. It is the heartbeat of how we function, as to how much we make primarily categorizes us into classes and cliques, shows what we value and feeds an appetite that is never satisfied. In America, we are amongst the wealthiest countries in the world yet are the most stressed about one major thing: money. No wonder there is upwards of 2,300 mentions of money and possessions in the Bible with one main takeaway—you cannot serve two masters.
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money” (Matthew 6:24).
As believers, we live in a culture that cultivates the idea that we love God first, but perhaps we love money second (and based on how we steward our money, it could be argued we live the other way around). How can we posture our hearts toward money and find a breakthrough in our finances?
“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned that in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:11-13). Paul is speaking from firsthand experience in desperate need and glorious abundance—and in both, he challenges us to choose contentment.
In a culture where our fists are tightly gripped on the American Dream and keeping up with Jones’s, finding contentment isn’t just a battle of comparison but a battle of gratitude. It’s easy to let jealousy and comparison seep in; we adopt them naturally, and they rob us of freedom in our finances and freedom to trust God with our finances. Ultimately, jealousy and comparison disorder our hearts to be filled with a striving mentality and selfish ambition over resources that aren’t ours, anyways. This isn’t to say there won’t be times of great need – there will be – but what does it look like to have an attitude of gratitude and look to God and community to support us? We know God satisfies all things, and when we focus on how we can honor God with what He’s given us, our fists can loosen and we experience the fullness of peace in our finances (Psalm 145:16).
The above sounds easy enough, but there is a catch: we are invited into a partnership with God to work diligently for Him. This isn’t striving or a works-based relationship; but, a coming under the sovereignty of God. Proverbs 14:23 says, “In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only in poverty”, affirming and encouraging our hard work. God isn’t telling us to prove ourselves for blessing and resources – He invites us into intimacy with Him and the privilege of working solely to glorify Him. Regardless of what you’re doing, when you honor God and work hard, you put yourself in an environment that trusts God will meet needs, whatever those are.
Colossians 3:23-24: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.” You are serving the Lord Christ. The challenge is to remind ourselves that when we work hard, it is for God and it is an intimate piece of our relationship with Him.
So, you’ve established a heart of gratitude and are working hard – now what? A key piece of our lives as believers is to give generously. You don’t know just how tight you are gripping your money until you are asked to give it away. Firstly, we tithe to the local church out of obedience. To be clear, 10% is just a starting point and was created to honor God and give our resources back to God freely. God knew what He was doing when He gave us a hard percentage – it’s adjustable to each person but is still sacrificial. It gives us a clear place to begin and calls for us to ‘put our money where our mouth is.’ Secondly, we give out of compassion for people, and we do it joyfully:
“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7).
When we give generously to others, we are creating an environment for God to work through our money; it invites us to relinquish control and extend a gracious gift to those who are undeserving, just like we are undeserving. Remember, everything is God’s anyway – not ours!
We need to come in alignment with God and rest in the truth that He is enough; He is trustworthy with everything, including our finances, and we aren’t just commanded but invited into intimacy with Him through stewarding our money well. When we live simply, work diligently and give generously, we step into a heart posture that honors God and depends on God for provision. It is sacrificial, hard and counter-cultural. But it is a key area to experience breakthroughs and create space for God to work in and through our lives.