Blessed To Be A Blessing
‘They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever’.
– 2 Corinthians 9:8-9
In life, some topics are simply easier to discuss than others. Such is the case with biblical prosperity. As Christians, we have no problem sharing about our latest win at work or the great deal we found online, but we shy away from admitting that we are trusting God to expand our financial borders or help us overcome debilitating debt. Why is that?
While finances are obviously not the main point of God’s Word, they are mentioned numerous times within it. Just look at these verses:
“You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. ‘For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.’ And God will generously provide all you need.” (2 Corinthians 9:7-8a)
“But divide your investments among many places, for you do not know what risks might lie ahead.” (Ecclesiastes 11:2)
These verses (and there are many, many more) support the truth that God neither wants His children to be afraid of money, nor does He want them to obsess over it.
Money is a tool, neither good nor bad in and of itself. Much like a contractor would need a hammer, drill or crane to build a physical house; we all require money to build our financial houses.
And like any other resource at our disposal, it belongs to Him. We don’t truly own it. Instead, we are called to be “stewards” of it (Luke 16).
God often uses finances to teach and mature His children, and those lessons are as unique as the person learning them.
In all instances, the believer must hear and obey the leading of the Holy Spirit while refusing to be swayed by peers or popular thought.
Obviously, financial abundance—or lack—is not our ultimate purpose in life any more than is fame, happiness, popularity, pleasure or any other temporary thing.
No, we are first called to know and follow Christ, and to tell others about Him.
God in His infinite wisdom moves His resources about His kingdom to accomplish His ultimate will—making disciples.
As His children, we have the honor of joining with Him and being the best stewards of what He has given us, and in the process, we become channels of generously blessing to others, which surely blesses us.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for your abundant provision in every area of life. I ask for your grace not to be afraid of money and neither to be obsessed over it. I receive grace to be a good steward of the resources that have been committed into my hands. I am a good steward. I am blessed. I am a channel of blessing.
In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.