God's Purposes for Money

Proverbs 3:9

As I have mentioned before, the way that we handle our money is perhaps the truest indicator of the spiritual condition of the heart. It is often a subject that many feel awkward discussing, God's Word places great emphasis on the matter of money and possessions.

For example, the Bible contains more than 500 references to prayer and almost 500 references to faith, but there are more than 2,000 references to money and possessions. Out of 38 parables that Jesus gave in the Gospels, 16 deal with how we handle our money. Jesus said more about money and possessions than about heaven and hell combined. One out of every 10 verses in the gospels deals with money or possessions: 288 verses in the four gospels!

A man with a natural mind uses human reasoning before he decides to obey God's Word. A man with a spiritual mind begins by obeying a Scriptural command. The man with a natural mind resorts to his own understanding and experiences the destruction and disillusionment that go along with it. It is important that we understand God's purposes for money and His wisdom behind those purposes.

There are four basic purposes that God has for money. To provide basic needs, to indicate direction, to unite Christians, and to demonstrate supernatural power. We see these four purposes in the account of Elijah in 1 Kings 17:1-6. READ!

The purposes of money are not to provide security, establish independence, or create power and influence. God's purposes are:

I. To Provide Basic Needs. Mt. 6:26-30

II. To Confirm Direction. "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him..." Ps. 37:7

III. To Give To Christians. "Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality." Ro. 12:13

IV. To Illustrate God's Power.

Conclusion: Four basic purposes that God has for money:

Does our understanding and desire of money fall into line with God's purposes? Not for future security, power, influence, or to be seen as a success in the eyes of men. Is our use of money fulfilling God's purposes or ours? Do we need to re-evaluate our priorities when it comes to finances?