Your view of the one who owns the money you manage greatly impacts how you handle money. If we view money as something we own outright, we will then utilize it for our own purposes and pleasures. Our purposes and pleasures are highly weighted toward the temporal. Of course we have physical needs in this life needing to be met, along with plenty of wants and desires that require money.
If we look and operate through the temporal lens, we are going to experience results of the temporal. These can include:
- Worry over having enough money to take care of ourselves and our families (Jesus said in Matthew 6:32a, “For after all these things do the Gentiles seek.”
- Trusting in the balance of our savings or investments. “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17).
- Having more than enough with seemingly no needs, which may lead us (even unsuspectingly) to “…be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord?” (Proverbs 30:9).
- Loving money and the things that money brings more than we love God. “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Timothy 6:10).
- Pain for ourselves and our families. “But they that will (to desire) be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition” (1 Timothy 6:9).
However, if we view money and possessions by faith through the eternal lens of Scripture, we can certainly avoid all of the above-mentioned turmoil. We learn in God’s Word that God not only owns the earth “…and the fullness thereof,” but also “the world, and they that dwell therein” (Ps. 24:1). He owns us.
Yes, the God of the universe—the One who spoke the heavens and earth into existence in six days, who knew our days before we had any, and punished His own Son for our sins— owns our lives, in their entirety. First Corinthians 6:19-20 declares, “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
This passage uses very clear language: “ye are not your own” – “bought with a price” – “body, and…spirit, which are God’s.” How can we think for even a moment (except by the flesh) that we are our own, or that what we have and have obtained is ours? With this view of true ownership, we should realize that all we have our God’s resources that He has entrusted us to manage according to His purposes and pleasures.
“Why worry over something
that is not yours?”
Knowing that God is the true owner who carries our burdens, we can be free of money-related stress, worry, fear, doubt, and covetousness. Think about that! Why worry over something that is not yours? All is His. The owner bears the burden. Our job is to manage whatever the owner entrusts to us.
We are actually equipped with all the resources we could possibly need. But what exactly are we equipped for? God gives us promises of provision and blessings in finances so that we may be equipped “…unto every good work” (2 Cor 9:8).
Therein lies the key: “every good work.” What is a good work? Everything God’s Word instructs us to do: reach the lost (Matthew 28:19-20), provide for our families ( 1 Timothy 5:8), support our pastor (1 Timothy 5:17), save for our future income needs ( Proverbs 6:6; Pro. 21:20), help our brothers and sisters in Christ (Gal. 6:10), show God’s love to the poor (Pro. 3:27-28; 1 John 3:17).
Seeing then that it is by God’s grace that we have the necessary tools, let’s go forward with boldness, not hindered by fear and doubt. May we faithfully pursue these matters as managers rather than owners of His financial resources. The blessings from trusting the all-knowing owner of all we have are too wonderful to miss.