STEWARDSHIP OF TREASURE
The Bible has about over 2,300 biblical verses that deal with money and possessions. Over 10 percent of the New Testament relates directly to financial matters. Why? because God knew we would have trouble managing money, and that we would spend a great amount of time earning, spending, and investing it. Next, money has a profound effect on interpersonal relationships. Studies show that people spend more than half of their time on financial matters, many times this is a major cause of marital strife and divorce. Finally, it demonstrates a real measure of our commitment to Christ. Scripture relates money to the love of God: “But whoever has the world’s goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?” (1 John 3:17). Many times our wallet reveals more about our character and walk with the Lord than we may think. Financial freedom should be a part of our new life in Christ, and the wise person seeks the timely practice of timeless principles in this vital area. There is no such thing as a “self-made man”–“What do you have that you did not receive? But if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” (1 Cor. 4:7).
Some areas of our lives are harder to yield to God than others. For many Christians, the financial area is one of the hardest. To give this over, we must stop trusting in money and in our own ability to generate it, and recognize God alone as our Source and Provider. He may use various means to provide for our needs, but He is the Source behind it all. Each of us must learn to look to the Lord and not to people for our security. God is not only the Source, but also the Controller of all things (Dan. 2:20-21). He rules over our circumstances and accomplishes His purposes no matter the situation.