I have been reading a book called “The complete idiots guide to money”. It talks about the seeking of money, the keeping of money and the attitudes required spending money wisely. It talks about buying cars, houses and businesses. Also the risks involved in trying to make money by various forms of gambling. From a non Christian perspective it is full of common sense.
I ask myself, if I were to amend this book from a Christian perspective, what would I have to change?
If I went the advocates of the prosperity gospel, they would no doubt tell me to increase my faith and give more in donations, in the assurance that it would return to me a thousand fold in earthly and heavenly wealth.
They may not agree with my distant cousin Henry Ford who said “Wealth is never attained when sought after directly. It always comes as a by-product of providing a useful service.”
In the sport of “fencing” the secret is to keep a grip on the foil but not holding it too tightly, so as to maintain fluidity.
So even from a Christian point of view the earning and saving of money should not prevent the wise and generous enjoyment of it.
The same applies to storing away for future need. Making wise provision is one thing; terrified hoarding against a disaster that may never come is another.
As our Lord Jesus says,
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34
As the writers of this book point out. Many people are handicapped by their past and worried about the future, but we only live in today. How we live today will largely dictate what our lives will be like in the future. If we are making ourselves miserable today with our wails and wants, the chances are the future will bring more of the same.
To live for Christ does not make our daily bread and support irrelevant but are no longer or shouldn’t be our primary concern.
They are right who say we need more faith when it comes to the obtaining and spending of money but they are wrong when they make it both the means and the end.
“A group of sunday school students were discussing the first spiritual reaction which occurred on a persons first believing. Faith, hope , love, or trust etc.. They could not reach a conclusion. An older man listening to them asked ” Which spoke moved the wheel first?”from feathers for arrows by C.H. Spurgeon