Why Money & Possessions?
Managing your money and possessions is a struggle, even for Christians. What do you do with it? How should you invest it? How should you spend it? Your answers to those questions will reveal much about your spiritual maturity. Many Christians have bought into the world’s philosophy, forgetting what the Lord Jesus said in Luke 12:15.
The apostle Paul addressed that issue in 1 Timothy 6 where he directs his attention to “those who are rich in this present world” 1 Timothy 6:17. Perhaps you don’t consider yourself rich because you don’t have an expensive car, a fancy house, or a large bank account. But “rich” in this context refers to someone who has more than he needs to provide food, clothing, and shelter for himself and his family 1 Timothy 6:8.
It isn’t wrong to have money and possessions; it is wrong to build your life around them. Paul doesn’t command the rich to give all their money away and take a vow of poverty, but he does give specific guidelines to follow when dealing with material things
The first thing Paul says is “not to be conceited” 1 timothy 6:17 – what is in your heart ?. In contrast, Philippians 2:3-4 says we’re to be humble, not just looking to our own affairs but also to the affairs of others. t Timothy 6:17 goes on to say we must not fix our “hope on the uncertainty of riches.” We must continually fight that temptation and fix our hope on the reality of future grace (1 Peter 1:13). Still, our natural tendency is to rely on our riches when we have a lot, and turn to God when we have little.
Have you replaced HIM and are you clinging to your possessions and put your confidence in your wealth instead of God .Paul says we’re to fix our hope “on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17). After all, He owns everything Psalm 24:1. If you really want to be happy, view everything you have as a gift from God. You don’t own your money or your possessions-you manage them for God – a stewardship God’s Steward. He uses them as a test to see where the focus of your heart is. God wants us to enjoy what He has given us. When He blesses us with more than we need, it is an opportunity to invest the surplus in whatever will most honour His name.
Our trust in God is manifest in how we act. So Paul tells us “to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share” 1 Timothy 6:18. . Money and possessions stays here, but the good you’ve done for Christ’s sake is an investment in eternity.
The word “generous” identifies the kind of good deeds we should do. Be willing to meet any need and to act toward others in the same generous way God has acted toward you. Share what you have with others, and you will reap the fruit of your unselfishness.
Amassing money and possessions can not provide contentment. If you want to be happy, pour your treasure into a heavenly vault, where it will pay eternal dividends. Paul said, in 1 Timothy 6:19. Go against the grain of the world’s preoccupation with instant gratification and seek your eternal reward.
How you handle your money and possessions, your house, your car, your bank account, they are a test of your spirituality. Don’t let the world dictate what you do with your money and possessions. When you pass the test of personal possessions, you can look with joyful anticipation to the day when the Lord will say, “Well done, good and faithful servant “Matthew 25:21, 23.