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…give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.Luke 6:38 ESV
Remember we talked about how your purpose is meant to provide? Well, it’s not just meant to provide for you. Whether you’re pursuing your purpose while employed by someone else or running a business, the money you make is meant to promote the Kingdom of God.
Every now and again I would hear about someone winning millions of dollars in a lottery and say, “Lord, I only need one (million)” (let’s ignore the fact that I don’t even play the lottery lol). I figured one million would be more than enough for me and my family if I invest it well. But the Lord showed me that this was selfish.
I know that sounds weird. Why would I even more than a million dollars? Well, the thing is, if a million is only enough for me, how do I help someone else? God gives us in good measure, pressed down, shaken together, AND RUNNING OVER is because the overflow is to help someone else.
As Christians, we’re so often accused of spreading a prosperity Gospel. But the truth is money, like all things on this earth, belongs to the Lord (Ps 34:1). It’s not money itself that we should avoid, but the love of money. Whatever you love, you serve and our love should always be for God, not money (See Matthew 6:24).
Money is just another tool in our toolbox. It’s the one tool that should be in everyone’s toolbox. Having a lot of money doesn’t make you better than anyone else and having little money doesn’t make you less than anyone else. If we remember that our identity is found in the heart of the Father, and not in the amount of money we have or don’t have; money will never be our master.
It is God that gives us the power to create wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18) and that wealth is meant to be used to promote His Kingdom here on earth in addition to providing for you and your family. When we can help others meet their needs and build relationships with them, we demonstrate the love of Jesus. This opens the door for them to become more receptive to the Kingdom of God.
PRAYER: Father, help me to understand that having money is not a bad thing. It does not change who I am because my identity is found only in You, not in the amount of money I have. Help me to trust you as you show me how to generate wealth for your Kingdom and use it to help others.
© Deborah Ruck @ As Bold As THE Lion blog