What is the Purpose of Money?
Author Os Guinness says “Either we serve God and use money or we serve money and use God.” How about you? Which do you serve?
Money is just a medium of exchange. It provides for our basic needs of food, clothing and shelter. When these are covered we can live in gratitude for God’s provision and with contentment. With basic needs met, we find the freedom to give of our time and resources to spread the gospel, build God’s kingdom, and help those in need.
We were not created to simply consume. God made man in His image, placed him in the garden to work and manage what He created. Yet, when we get distracted by the things of this world, we fail to effectively manage what God provides. Lack of contentment and gratitude lead many to satisfy their selfish desires. And, if they don’t have the money, they go into debt to get what they want now to jeopardize their future.
God uses money to reveal our strengths and weaknesses and to teach us to depend on Him more fully. How we handle money is an outside expression of what’s going on in our hearts. The way we respond to financial problems is a good indicator of whether we really trust God. If we say we trust Him, will we put that trust into action? Will we wait upon His provision in all things?
The more we exercise our faith the more our trust in God grows. By guard our hearts by renewing the mind and focusing on Him.
Jesus knew we’d be tempted, so He said, “…lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Debt can be a distraction that takes our attention away from the true purpose of our money. If you need help getting out of overwhelming credit card debt, I want you to get in touch with Christian Credit Counselors. You can start with a free debt analysis today at crown.org/ccc or call us at 800-722-1976