Money! It means different things for different people.
For some, money are their god and rules their lives. All their time and effort is spend in chasing after and acquiring more money. These are the ones that equals money with power. This is when someone becomes hard and ruthless. Thinking that they are better than others and will often stop at nothing to get what they want. Including trampling on others and having no feelings for those less fortunate than them.
Others think that money can buy happiness. Those are the people that keep on buying more and more. Always wanting bigger and better. The people that are always competing with others, always wanting to have the best. And in the end, they still don’t manage to fill the emptiness inside.
Then there are the people that hoards money. Maybe they came from a life of scarcity, growing up very poor. So, they save and invest and constantly worry about losing it all. And in the end they still don’t manage to eradicate their feelings of insecurity.
And then there are the givers. The people that gives freely and with an open heart to others in need. Regardless what is required: money, food or time. This is the people Jesus often refers to in the Bible for us as an example. Like the poor widow that gave everything she had to live from.
Unfortunately, money is an integral part of society, and something no-one can do without. But it is not money that is evil. It is our relationship with money and how we use it that is the problem.
If we believe that God is our Provider – as it is stated many times in the Bible – then surely, we should be able to give freely and with a joyful heart when needed.
This I believe is what God is teaching me now. It is easy to say God is my Provider when you are working and getting your salary every month. But it is a very different matter when you lose your job and have limited time before your retrenchment package runs out. And then God asks you to give!
For me this is a journey of strengthening my faith, and therefore I have to be obedient. So I believe that He uses me as an instrument to help others through giving, but also that He will provide for me in what I need. I believe He will also give me more than I need so that I can keep on giving!
So, dear reader: do you have a healthy relationship with money? Are you open to God using you to give freely to others? Please share with us in the comments.
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