I’ve changed my view of money over the years. As a young adult, I rebelled against the materialism I observed growing up. I was a child of the 60s, rebellious and idealistic.
I was not a Christian and was searching for God. Sometimes I was pretty hard on Christians I spoke to. I remember one young man who said his church was taking up donations to buy his preacher a new car.
“Why?” I asked.
He was taken aback and just stared at me.
“Does his old car still work?” I persisted.
“Yes, but it’s old!”
“Why buy him a new car if his old car works fine?”
The young man couldn’t answer me. I’m not as hardnosed now (I don’t think).
Actually, it’s all a matter of perspective. Many of the world live without running water or electricity. They live in shacks and have few clothes to wear. They walk or ride bicycles. Should we adopt their way of living so that we’ll have more money to help others?
Not many people today would say we need to go that far.
We give to God our best—not our leftovers. It is wrong to fritter away things God gives us—time, ability, or money.
It is wrong to become so busy that we have no time left to work for God. Just as it is wrong to refuse to learn, to develop the ability God gives each of us. Just as it is wrong to become so immersed in debt that we have no money left to use in God’s service.
For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow. For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” ~2 Thessalonians 3:7-10
We are to work hard and “not be a burden to any”—as much as it is in our power. Remember these words:
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. ~2 Corinthians 5:10
And, those things done include the way we handle money. Let’s choose wisely!