Today we have a guest post from fellow Christian blogger Victoria Adeoye, from over at TheRadicalLove.com.
I’ll have a post on her blog later this week, so keep an eye out for it!
But for now, please enjoy Victoria’s story about what God’s teaching her in the area of money.
Four Ways to Not Be Controlled By Money
By Victoria Adeoye
A couple of weeks ago I decided to do several topic series on the major areas in my life I felt I was struggling with or needed more work on. One of those topics that God showed me was money.
Yeah, getting a job that provides a steady income or even a lot of income is perfectly fine. But God wanted to show me specifically that I should never be controlled by it.
It’s not that I find myself being a selfish person or that I hoard all of my possessions; I just never want to get to a position where the only thing on my mind is getting richer or coveting.
About three months ago, I got a new job that paid me every week. It was one of the first miracles of the year and one of the things that I had been praying to God for, for so long. I was so excited that I told God I would give half of my first check to the work of the Lord. I did!
But then after the first check, I started to feel as though I was holding onto the rest of my money with a tight fist. When I found myself making excuses as to why I couldn’t give that homeless man on the street five dollars or why I couldn’t buy my sibling something she really needed, I saw the dirtiness in my life. Those weren’t reasons but excuses I was laying out before God so that I wouldn’t have to spend more money on others than I did on myself.
That drove me to the Scriptures even more. I love how God constantly reveals sinful areas in my life. It causes me to dive into the word of God. So that is what I did.
“And He said to them, ‘Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.’”
Luke 12:15 NKJV
Wow! Was this me? Was I placing meaning to my life all because I was finally making money? Was I finding security in the material things that I was now able to buy because of the job God gave me?
Having a lot of money in and of itself is not a bad thing, but when we selfishly hoard it for ourselves, it leaves us nowhere…even worse, it leads us far away from God. The man in Luke 12 was focused on buying things for himself, making excuses as to why he couldn’t give some of it to the poor, and selfishly storing up all of his riches for himself. He placed high value on his life because of the abundance of the things he possessed.
I knew at that moment when God revealed this Scripture to me that I found my security in money and only focused on what I could do with it in this life. And as if God wasn’t through with peeling back my scars enough, he took me to another Scripture that did it for me:
“It’s better to enjoy what we have than to always want something else, because that makes no more sense that chasing the wind.”
Jesus placed in my heart four ways to make sure I:
- Don’t become a slave to the things he gives me;
- Continue to find security in him alone and not in my money, and;
- Remember that the true purpose of why he places these valuable things in my life is to give it back to him.
These four steps are:
- Don’t want what others have (Ecclesiastes 6:9, Luke 12:15);
- Be grateful for what you do have at the moment and enjoy it (Ecclesiastes 6:9);
- Use and be faithful with the little that God gives you and He will trust you with even more (Luke16:10-11, Luke 19:17);
- Don’t be selfish with your money. Give so that you may be rich towards God (Luke 12:13-21).
Everything belongs to the Lord in the end. Seek out/obey Biblical principles for money management with a pure heart. I am still learning. But I thank God for revealing this area in my life because when I remember those four lessons, I find my fist loosening up!