So, what’s it like to have a lot of money?
I wouldn’t know but I have a pretty good Imagination!
Most of us have daydreamed about what it would be like to be rich. We think of the things we would buy, the debts we would pay off etc.
The thing is to truly become wealthy you have to be rich in knowledge. You see, the wrong mindset with money is a poor man and will always be poor. A person with the right mindset will forever be wealthy.
We often say it seems like the rich get richer and poor get …well nothing. Even Jesus said it, not in the same way, but :
New International Version
“For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” Matthew 25:29
Why did he say that? Well earlier in that passage, as Jesus told the parable, he makes note of two servants who went out and essentially doubled their profits. Then the third servant came back with the same amount of money that he had when his master left. This was the master’s response to that servant, Matthew 25:24-25 :
24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
“Make money ->pay bills-> Make money ->pay bills. Where is the risk in that cycle..”
Now there were a couple of things that jumped out at me when I read this verse. Now I’m going to make a couple of grandiose connections but my hopes are to help change your mindset and they way you look at money and the gifts you possess.
First, the servant calls the master a hard man. It seems to me that he is intimidated by this man and out of fear of having nothing to give him when he returned he held on tight to the one talent(Gold) he wa given.
I started thinking about the connection between how we live and money. This never ending circle that the average man goes through. Make money ->pay bills-> Make money ->pay bills. Where is the risk in that cycle, there is none. You see, we live with the same fear that the servant had. Our master is our debt and we live each day holding on to our money tight, not investing in ourselves, our gifts and give it back to our master(debt) when he demands it.
The Question now is, where is our faith? With whom do we put our trust in? This question is answered in verse 26:
26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
How is it possible to harvest where you have not sown and gather where you have not scattered. If you take this verse literally, how do you not plant a seed in the ground and expect a flower to blossom. How is that possible? Only with God.
“Before anything can happen in your life, you have to believe that anything is possible.”
I believe Jesus’ parable is shedding light on our unfaithfulness to God when it comes to our money. We pray Lord bless us, increase us, we want to be prosperous but then show no faith. He asks us to step out in faith in something but we hold back out of fear of failure. God has a way of bringing opportunities to us out of nowhere, that’s reaping without sowing.
Before anything can happen in your life, you have to believe that anything is possible. Your ultimate faith should be in God. You have to first seek God’s instruction, step out where he tells you to step out and he’ll do the rest. Now I’m not saying your life will be a cakewalk when you step out, but you will be one step closer to your future.
Has God been dealing with you about doing something but you haven’t done it out of fear? Has he been telling you to go back to school but you’ve been dragging your foot. Are you lazy like the servant Jesus spoke about? Get excited about your life, live each day excited for the next. If you wake up everyday exhausted, I’m not talking just physically but mentally, emotionally drained then that is a red flag. You are not walking on the path God has for you. God gives strength to the weary and he can only do that when your life aligns with his will.
Think about it, If you were helping someone get ready to run a marathon and you see them not exercising, you see them consuming junk food, what amount of optimism would you have about them winning the race. Would you be surprised if they gave up after half a mile. A person who wants to win a marathon makes the necessary sacrifices, they deny themselves of certain things for a moment until they have success.
Back to the statement I made earlier about the rich getting richer, the amplified breaks it down a bit more for us:
29 “For to everyone who has [and values his blessings and gifts from God, and has used them wisely], more will be given, and [he will be richly supplied so that] he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have [because he has ignored or disregarded his blessings and gifts from God], even what he does have will be taken away.
It states to be wealthy, you must have two things, value the things God has given us and to use them wisely. Now I don’t believe he’s only speaking of monetary increase here, he’s speaking of the gifts we posses. The things we are good at that we take for granted and don’t use them.
Everyone tells you, you know deep inside its your calling but you do nothing about it and continue on the Make money ->pay bills-> Make money ->pay bills cycle.
Spend quiet time with God today, ask him where he wants you to step out in faith. The best thing we can ever do is put all of our trust in God.