A problem we face in handling money is that it can lower the quality of life. Jesus asked a vitally important question: "Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? (vs. 27...NKJV)
Someone has described this situation well.
Money can buy a bed…but it cannot buy sleep.
Money can buy amusements but it cannot buy
Money can buy companions but it cannot buy
Money can buy books but it cannot buy brains.
Money can buy a house but it cannot buy a home.
Money can buy medicine but it cannot buy health.
Money can buy flattery but it cannot buy respect.
A Gallup poll illustrated how money can detract from life. The poll revealed that: 64% of all couples argue over money issues….And … this is also the #1 cause for all divorces… 54% of all divorces are over money issues.
Another problem we face in handling money is that it can lead to bondage. Jesus said ``You cannot serve two masters: God and money.” (Mt. 6:24 NKJV)
God wants us to handle money with a right perspective. If you get your perspective of money out of order you will limp through life.
Jesus said "lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Mt. 6:20 NKJV)
Are you investing in eternity or investing in today? When you get eternity right other aspects of your life will fall into place!
Several years ago, construction workers happened upon a corpse outside the ancient city of Pompeii, where many people died when a volcano exploded. The evidence surrounding this corpse (a woman) was interesting. Apparently, she had been fleeing from the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79. Overtaken by the molten lava, she died in the hot ashes. The corpses revealed hands that were clutched around jewels. The jewels had survived, but the woman had not. The same is true today. Death will overtake all of us and strip us of our earthly wealth.
On another occasion Jesus spoke about life perspective. He said "For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mt. 16:26 NKJV)
God wants us to handle money with a right purpose. In verse 33 Jesus states the purpose of life. The purpose in life is to live for “the kingdom of God”. (Mt. 6:33 NKJV) God wants us to live our lives in service to Him.
The apostle Paul describes this purpose “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward” (Col. 3:23-24 NKJV)
When I think about a man who understands life purpose I think about Truett Cathy, the founder of Chic-fil-a. A place where my Granddaughter Annabel loves to eat. Over the years he has become known for his faith in Jesus Christ. He is also known for taking a stand that he would not open his restaurants on Sunday (even though it cost him millions of dollars), for being a Sunday School teacher and for helping many foster children. In 1982 Chick-fil-a faced a crisis as pressure from fast food chains caused their revenues to fall. Truett Cathy and company executives retreated to a resort at Georgia’s Lake Lanier to find an answer to their problem. That group of executives pondered the question, “Why are we in business?” Cathy said they came up with a corporate statement: “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us, and to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-a.” In six months, sales increased 40%. I understand that Chick-fil-a is the largest privately owned restaurant chain in America.
God wants us to handle money with a right priority. Notice Jesus description in verse 33 “ seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” God should have top priority with your money, your time and your heart passion.