It was only some many years in the past that phrases like ‘wealth’, ‘finance’, ‘enterprise’ and ‘income’ weren’t spoken in church circles. There was a definite divide in folks’s minds between ministry and cash and between religion and finance. One pertained to the ‘secular’ and one the ‘religious’.
This was an unwritten rule that was broadly complied by. To be poor and to ‘simply get by’ in life was seen as virtuous and godly. And to have wealth was thought-about worldly.
Now, placing it bluntly, I’ve to say that these views are flawed, unbiblical, dishonoring to God and unhelpful to the church. What we have to realise is that, beneath the best circumstances, God truly advocates wealth.
At first, God created planet Earth which had an unlimited diploma of wealth. Take into consideration the produce, the land and the livestock for starters. Adam and Eve loved a portion of this within the Backyard of Eden. There was greater than sufficient. That they had loads to maintain them.
Conversely, on the finish of time we are going to enter into our everlasting reward with God within the new heavens and earth. The mansions that we’ll stay in and the streets of gold that we’ll stroll on set the scene for the type of wealth we are going to get pleasure from.
The purpose right here is that God by no means adjustments; solely the circumstances do. We live in a time the place God’s Kingdom is spreading all through the Earth. The place people are reuniting with their God and re-establishing their covenant relationship. Which means we will expertise the blessings of wealth and use them in a God honouring means – proper now. It isn’t only a matter of ‘pie within the sky whenever you die’, however there’s ‘steak on the plate whilst you wait’!
An Everlasting Focus
When Christians have wealth, to no matter diploma, it is important that they perceive what to do with it. The Bible is filled with warnings about wealth and the trimmings that it could actually carry. That is why it’s worthwhile to be on guard. The hot button is to have a godly focus. Let me clarify how you are able to do this.
On the time of writing, the oldest individual to have ever lived in our fashionable age is Madam Jeanne Louise Calment of France. She reached the ripe outdated age of 122 years. Take this life and divide it by the 6,000 years of the earth’s existence to this point, and also you see that Jeanne solely had a 2% time slot on planet earth. And that is the perfect anybody is getting in the meanwhile, most individuals get nearer 1%.
However whenever you measure that life span in opposition to eternity previous and eternity future you get an especially small slither of time. In actual fact, technically, it is measured as ‘zero time’, as a result of any quantity divided by eternity is zero.
What I am saying is that this: what we do with our lives now could make a distinction to not solely ‘how’ we spend eternity, however ‘the place’ others spend it. There are not any second possibilities in life; it isn’t a trial run. If we do not inform folks about God’s Kingdom, his love and saving grace, then we could be the final likelihood they get. So we now have to get again to the good fee.
This is the underside line: our mission price cash. Even when we stay a faith-filled life, we will be unable to finish our activity with out satisfactory financing. Meals and clothes must be bought for the poor. Economies want establishing in creating international locations. Constructing tasks want financing. Church workers wages want paying. Instructing programmes must be established. Missionaries must be despatched out to the nations. Bibles want printing. And so forth and so forth. All of this stuff are going to assist save thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands from spending eternity in Hell.
When you view wealth by the lens of eternity and never the temporal lens of your bodily existence right here on earth, then will begin to see a optimistic, godly perspective on the entire topic.
Investing in God’s Enterprise
Deuteronomy eight:18 tells us to recollect God as a result of “it’s he who offers you the power to provide wealth”.
Even now, round 3500 years on, many individuals overlook that every one wealth originates from God. However like every prudent businessperson, he requires a return on his funding – a religious return on funding (SROI), if you’ll.
What does this return seem like? Fairly merely it’s improve generated, by the stewarding of our items which can be used to advance God’s Kingdom.
Within the parable of the skills, we see that the grasp (God) gave various levels of cash to his servants (Christians) to speculate. It is attention-grabbing that Jesus used cash on this parable, though I consider that the ‘expertise’ represents extra than simply cash, but additionally the items he has given us. When it comes to the actual present of wealth creation, all of us have totally different ranges given to us. The query is: what return on our funding are we going to current again to God when he returns?
Taking all this into consideration let me ask you some questions as a Christian chief:
- How are you nurturing Christians to maximise the cash they’ve?
- How are you encouraging the creation of wealth amongst your folks?
- How are you nurturing the present of entrepreneurialism in would-be enterprise leaders in your congregation?
- How are you regarding, and dealing with, those that are already utilizing the present of wealth creation?
As you deliberately deal with these questions and develop an everlasting perspective on how we will use funds within the church, you will hopefully come to the realisation that cash ‘does’ matter within the church as we speak.