Many in our day are uncomfortable about the idea of talking about money in church. There could be a lot of different reasons for this.
For some the idea of talking about money in church brings to mind a televangelist calling on people to “sow a seed” into his ministry while promising that if you do God will multiply that money back into your life 30, 60 or 100 times.
For others talking about money in church makes them uncomfortable because they’ve bought into the idea that the church only cares about your money.
Then there are others that are uncomfortable talking about money in church because they’ve compartmentalized their life. To compartmentalize your life is to divide your life into the compartments of spiritual and secular. Once we’ve created these divisions we begin to divide up our lives between the different compartments.
The goal of compartmentalization is to help us distinguish between the things in our lives that belong to God and the things in our lives that don’t belong to God so that we don’t mix the two together. Different people will divide their lives in different ways. However everyone who seeks to compartmentalize their lives always puts money in the secular compartment. The idea being that money isn’t spiritual and so it is something that doesn’t need to be put under God’s control.
There are two basic problems with this. The first of course is that the compartmentalization of our lives is completely bogus and foreign to Scripture. Nowhere in Scripture are we taught to divide our lives between the spiritual and the secular. Instead we find the idea that we are to surrender every part of our lives to God and that we are to bring glory to God in all we do.
The second problem with compartmentalizing our lives in regards to money is that it completely ignores all the references made about money in Scripture. I read something once that said that about one-sixth of the Gospels, including about 1 out of every 3 parables touched on or specifically dealt with money and the way we handle money. In fact, unless I am mistaken Jesus talked about money—explicitly or implicitly—more than He talked about heaven and hell combined. Jesus obviously thought that money was pretty important.
As believers we must understand money from a Biblical perspective because when I see as God sees I’m more inclined to do as God says. This is why it’s important for us to understand how God sees money and possessions. So how does God see money? That’s what I’m going to blog about this week.
For further study read Luke 16:1-14.
What is this story about?
Why does Jesus commend the steward?
What did Jesus say about money?
How did the Pharisees respond to Jesus’ teaching about money? Why?