Have you ever fantasized about being filthy rich?
I have, especially when I go to sporting events. I think to myself, “Most of the guys on this field are millionaires. Some sports stars make $25M a year.” I consider how much I could do if I had a lot of money, whether thats helping people, giving to the church, or spending it on myself.
My guess is most of us wouldn’t be any different with our money if all of a sudden we were millionaires. We have all been given a portion of God’s kingdom. If I can’t manage the $60K that Kelli and I have been given, why would He give me more?
Jesus gives an example of this in Matthew 25. In short, the Parable of the Three Servants is a story about a master who goes on a long trip. Before he goes, he calls his servants together to give them portions of his money to manage while he’s gone. He gives each of them different amounts based on their abilities and then he leaves. When he returns, he asks the servants to bring him his money back. Two of the servants return with more than what he gave them. The other returns with exactly what he was given. The master then calls the last servant “wicked” and “lazy,” giving the money that was given to him to the servant who had the highest return. Then Jesus said this, “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.”
Whoa! That’s pretty cut and dry. Once Kelli and I realized that all we have has been given to us, we started managing it for the Master.
Before we started stewarding our money, we couldn’t give generously because we thought we had no “extra” money.
Things have changed. Now we aren’t passing out $100 bills to everyone, but we are more generous. Before we were putting our tithe in out of obligation and obedience. Now we want to give!
Proverbs 21:20 says, “The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.” Fools use up everything they have for themselves. Fools are selfish. However, the wise save and have the ability to give generously.
Kelli and I were once foolish. We were spending more than what was given to us. Now, with a different perspective, we have margin. We are on a budget. We aren’t spending more than we make so we can be generous now and we are setting ourselves up to be even bigger givers in the future.
How are you stewarding what God has given you? Are you managing His treasure as though it’s all yours or do you understand that He has given to you so that you may give as well?