Part 3: Changing Perspectives; Mind over Money
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Part 3 of 3: The Responsibility
As discussed in early posts, it’s easy to maintain a negative mindset about money, thinking everything is against you. Or, at the same time, it is also easy to put money at the focal point of your thinking, believing that it is the measure of success and the purpose for which we work and toil. We find ourselves sometimes putting our hope, our desire, and our efforts toward this one end; money. But what happens when we lose it all? What happens when we have it all? Is there ever a point where we feel like we’ve “made it?”
There will always be something missing within you if money is at your center. Some of the richest, most accomplished people are still unhappy and unsatisfied with their life. Why? Because they know they can’t take their wealth with them, and they know there has to be something more to life! Something intangible that satisfies the innate desire within them. Well there is. There’s a lot more…
What’s missing from many people is a relationship. Not a relationship with family or friends, but a relationship with the Creator. A relationship with God. However, they have been deceived into thinking there could be no such thing and that the extent of life as we know it is only measured by how much happiness we can acquire while we’re alive.
The two modern objects of focus in cultures worldwide are these things: Money and Happiness. What many don’t realize is the destruction on the road to achieving these things. But even when we get there, if we get there, there will always be an unquenchable emptiness that is only able to be satisfied by a relationship with the one true God and Creator. So how do we get that relationship? Jesus says this:
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6)
It would be wrong of me not to share this with you, so I encourage you to increase your understanding of this truth, and read this simple, easy to read message here: Follow this link!
In light of this, there are three main truths we should know about money that will help moving forward. Even if you decide not to believe the message above, these three truths will still change your perspective for the better.
Truth #1: Stewardship
A steward, by definition, is “a person who manages another’s property or financial affairs; one who administers anything as the agent of another or others.” They handle all that is entrusted to them. Similarly, I firmly believe we are stewards of everything we have and which has been entrusted to us from God. We have a responsibility for His stuff.
Everything that we have, whether that be money, power, influence, authority, kids, abilities, talents, a job, or anything, was given to us by God for us to manage during our time here on this earth. This idea changes the thought process… Everything that has happened or will happen in your life (good or bad) has a purpose, and you are left to decide how to use that in light of what truly matters in life (the Gospel of Jesus Christ). Whether you have a lot or just a little, you should desire to be the best manager of what you’ve been given. Read Matthew 25:14-30 to see what comes of good stewards.
Truth# 2: Money simply makes you more of what you already are.
The most frequent topic Jesus talked about in the Bible was money/possessions. Most likely because it was pretty clear everyone had some sort of a money/wealth problem. But He says this:
“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much…” (Luke 16:9)
It seems evident that money doesn’t change you… it simply amplifies who you already are, revealing the desires that are within you.
So ask yourself: What is within you?
The truth here should encourage a motive check. We should always be conscious of what our motives are and make sure we’re doing things with the right motives. Life is so much better if and when we learn to be a cheerful, loving givers. It’s no wonder why Jesus encouraged being a giver. He Himself was a giver and in fact gave His own life so that we could have a relationship with God.
Truth #3: The Eternal Perspective.
There are many scriptures that instruct to free oneself from the love of money; Ecclesiastes 5:10, Hebrews 13:5, Matthew 6:24, 1 Timothy 6:10. The reason why this matters so much is articulated in what Jesus says in Matthew 6:24:
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
Freeing yourself from the love of money allows you to get attached to what truly matters, which is your relationship and responsibility to God. If you love money, your desire for it may contradict with God’s desire… It’s pretty obvious which one is more important. Remember, if you do have a lot of money, that doesn’t mean you’re a lover of it and vice versa. Having or not having money doesn’t make you good or bad.
You are here for a reason, appointed to a purpose, and you are loved beyond belief! We greatly limit ourselves when we view our lives in terms of dollars and our love in terms of numbers. So I encourage you to focus on that which truly matters. And I challenge you to consider some of the changes that you might have to make or some habits you might have to correct in changing your perspective. If you want to achieve that freedom, I encourage you to consider these truths.
Thank you for staying tuned in to each part of the series, and may you be encouraged by the message!
Cheers & God Bless,