We all dream of having loads and loads of money to do anything with.
I know I do. I always catch myself using the phrase, “If only I had more money” when in reality I could have an endless amount of money and still use that phrase.
In life today we use money to justify who is a somebody and who isn’t. That’s what this material loving world has come to.
The more money the better off we are, right? No, absolutely untrue! If anything, money causes more issues than almost anything else. Does the line, “Money is the root to all evil” come to mind? Everyone’s trying to outdo others whether it’s who has the best, the biggest house, or the most “things”.
People try to buy happiness. They go out and get the biggest and best thing to make them look good to other people and that’s what makes them happy…for a little while at least. When people stop idolizing them for their things they go out and buy something else and the cycle repeats itself.
They truly aren’t happy. They’re only temporarily happy.
Here’s a verse that handles the ‘greed issue’. “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” Luke 12:15b (NLT)
Have you noticed that God uses money more than anything to test our faith?
Think about it. Why is that $20 is a lot in terms of tithing but we wouldn’t think twice about that amount when buying a shirt or another product that makes us feel good? He is testing our faith. Are you going to use that $20 to buy a shirt so you fit in with the world and maybe get a couple compliments or are you going to use that money for God’s purpose and have a compliment that lasts for eternity?
On a personal note I have been tested way too many times to count. As soon as I make that promise to set a certain amount of money aside It’s inevitable that I will get hit with either a medical bill, have car troubles, college loans that still need to be paid, or none to very little income that week. I expect that now because I know I’m being tested. Don’t get me wrong, just because I expect it doesn’t mean it isn’t hard. It’s very hard. There were times when I was frantic because I was sitting on a bank account that was about to go under. Talk about panic! No matter what, though, I still gave with a loving heart. I knew that if I provided for the Lord, in return, He would provide for me in a much bigger way.
And you know what- He did! He has provided for me in so many ways. Probably more than I have or will notice. I always found little opportunities along the way here and there to make just enough money to stay afloat. He is still testing me and I am okay with that. I know that just because He is testing me doesn’t mean He isn’t there. He is. He is there helping me along the way and He is there helping you along the way as well.
“Father, help us to remember that we are here to serve you. We aren’t here to collect things that make us become greedy. Help us to pass the tests of faithfulness when we are challenged with money and tithing because in the end it all goes back to you.”
Our Guest Blogger is Kanadeia Barnes and she is the founder of toughworldtoughergirl.com. She started this blog in hopes to reach girls between the ages of 13-24 and help them with the struggles they face during those tough times. This blog helps girls come together around the world to help cheer each other on instead of compete against one another. They talk about anything and everything from break outs to break ups and how God has helped us all along the way.