Money. . . we all like it. We all want more of it. What is our money mindset?
9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. 10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. 11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.–Luke 16:9-13
To start off with, mammon means worldly wealth. To break this passage down into the simplest of terms, Luke is saying that if you’re not honest or trustworthy as a person with little, you’re not going to be trustworthy with a lot of wealth. The same with if you’re not trustworthy with worldly possessions, you’re not going to be trustworthy of spiritual possessions.
Many times we think that if we only had more money, we will change our ways. It’ll make us nicer, it’ll make us want to be more giving, we’ll be a far better person. Luke is saying, not so much. How you act with a little, will only show how you’re going to act with a lot.
Many people say, if I win the lottery everything will be better. That’s actually not the case. About 70% of lottery winners end up broke within 5 years of winning. Why? People don’t change when they get large amounts of money, their bad habits only get exacerbated.
Why would God bless us with a lot if we can’t handle a little? This is exactly the same as in the work place. I don’t give people more responsibility and a promotion until I see that they are capable of dealing with the responsibility that they currently have.
Colossians 3:23 says “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men. This verse gets used a lot to talk about our actions, but I’m not sure if I’ve ever heard it applied to money, but I’m going to. It says whatsoever you do. That means everything we do, we should be doing for the Lord. That also means how we use our money. We should be wise with our money. Does that mean all of our money needs to be used for “church stuff”? No. . . but it does mean we need to be wise with what we are given and not blow it all the time where we can’t take care of ourselves.
The Bible gives quite a few instructions on how to deal with money. In the coming “Don’t Fall Into the Money Pit” series posts, I’m going to go over what the Bible says about it and how to apply it to our lives. First, we have to have the correct mindset on how we want to use money, and that we want to use this tool as God intended us to.