How Our Money Can Make Us More Godly

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If you abide in Me and My word abides in you, then you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.

We’ve referred to Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount several times recently. Perhaps that’s because it’s the most definitive recording we have of His statements of theology.

Today’s discussion comes from three very familiar verses in the middle of Matthew 6. Verse 19 says, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.” We’ve all heard this verse read dozens, or maybe hundreds, of times. Then He admonishes us in verse 20, “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal.”

Both of these verses give us very sound advice. Things of this earth are temporal and do not last, while things of heaven are eternal and last forever. But if we stop after reading those two verses, we miss one of the great promises God gave us in His word.

Verse 21 reads, “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? But how profound! Think about it for a minute.

Do you know someone who has a lot of money invested in the stock market? If so, chances are that person keeps a close eye on the Dow Jones, the S & P and a lot of other things that reflect how the market is doing.

How about a farmer? Got any of those in your family or among your friends? Ever notice how much more attention they pay to the weather than most of us do? They have to keep a close eye on it to know what actions to take. Of course, the farmer also has to keep a close eye on commodities prices, new developments in farm equipment, seed, fertilizers and so forth.

Are we beginning to see a pattern here? The investor’s money leads his attention to stock-market related things. The farmer’s money leads his into all sorts of things that affect agriculture. Where their money is, there their hearts will be also.

This is not an indictment of farmers or investors. I have dear Christian relatives and friends in both categories. They have to pay attention to these things. The point is not to put ALL our money (and hearts) into these earthly pursuits.

I’ve heard lots of sermons preached on tithing, and they usually present it as a command—an onerous duty—and more often than not accompany the sermon with a plea for more money for this or that project their particular church is pursuing. Tithing IS something God expects of a Christian, but He doesn’t beat us over the head with it as some drastic requirement.

Of course, if you listen to the prosperity preachers, tithing is presented as a way we can manipulate God into making us rich—after we make that preacher or ministry rich first, of course. I never will forget the first such preaching I heard some thirty years ago. I won’t mention the preacher’s name, but the message was that every time I tithed a dollar, God had to give me back one hundred dollars.

How many cycles of that would it take before God owed me ten trillion dollars? Is there something wrong with this picture?

Matthew 6:19 gives us the best reason ever to tithe: where our money is, there our hearts will be also. When we put our money into God’s work—whether it be tithing to my local church or supporting poor children in South America and Africa through the work of Compassion International or whatever Godly entity He calls us to support—He uses our human nature to draw our hearts along after the money.

I can’t make myself Godly, but I can allow my money to lead my heart more and more into God’s kingdom and His work. To me, that sounds like a lot more important reward than getting a hundredfold return, and it certainly beats grudgingly putting money in a collection plate because someone says I have to.

What do you think about this principle of letting your money lead your heart into God’s kingdom? I love hearing from you.

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About David N. Walker

David N. Walker is a Christian husband, father and grandfather, a grounded pilot and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years in the health insurance industry, during which time he traveled much of the United States. He started writing about 20 years ago and has been a member and leader in several writers' groups. Christianity 101: The Simplified Christian Life, the devotional Heaven Sent and the novella series, Fancy, are now available in paperback and in Kindle and Nook formats, as well as through Smashwords and Kobo. See information about both of these by clicking "Books" above.
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11 Responses to How Our Money Can Make Us More Godly

  1. Annie says:

    Thanks for this. We are prayerfully considering our three year pledge to our church expansion project. It’s got my head swimming. Praying God gives me some clarity!

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  2. Another great post, David. You always provide me with food for my soul.

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  3. charitykountz says:

    Great post and I love your examples! In one short blog post you managed to answer a slew of questions I have had on the subject. For many years I have wanted to give back to others – whether it be money, things, time or all of the above. And I have found little ways to do that – giving food to the homeless, giving time to others in need, etc. I think it’s possible that God isn’t strictly referring to monetary tithing but that you also can tithe from the heart. Because there is so much corruption in people, I am very careful who I donate to. My daughter’s school is part of a church and I see all the time the ways donations are used there – to educate children in God, to provide life lessons, even proper nutrition. So while you may be tithing 10% of your money, you should still be tithing with 100% of your heart. And that’s where the real reward is. Or at least thats my thoughts on it and the way I try to live in Him.

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    • Thank you, Charity. You are absolutely right. I’ve personally benefitted greatly from your heartfelt giving of yourself. You’ve helped me immeasurably with various writing-related things, and I’m in your debt for it.

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  4. Hi David.

    I guess we all care about what we consider “ours,” be it money or anything else. But I do think capitalism without other values is wrong. Purely getting something cheaper, a la Walmart, devalues every other factor in our lives, which in the long run are probably far more important than 5c off a bottle of coke.

    Cheers!

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  5. Barbara Estinson says:

    I like this, David. Good points and clarifications about giving.

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  6. Thanks for sharing this, David! It is something I’ve been thinking about after hearing some repeated appeals for “sowing seeds” with a spin of prosperity being integrated in. The prosperity preaching starts to feel a bit disingenuous. It isn’t that I don’t believe a blessing of riches can be handed down from God. It is more that I’m not sure sometimes that all the preachers believe it. Some even go as far as making parishioners feel they should put the preacher and the church first before paying bills or feeding kids because to not do so will mean not being blessed with future fortune opportunities—blocking their blessing.

    I love the verse from Matthew you provided on how putting our money into the church will lead our hearts there. I find that to be true for any avenue where I donate money and time. If I commit to the cause, then I am there as a whole versus a distant, not bought in viewer from the outside.

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