Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
All of life and life’s issues, for the Christian fall under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Jesus is Lord isn’t just a title or cliché but a reality that demands our full submission and obedience in all areas of life including money. Isaiah 55:8, 9 tells us that God’s thoughts and ways are not our thoughts and ways but are higher. He has sent us His Word (Isaiah 55:10, 11) to know His thoughts and ways and to make a change in our thoughts and ways. How, then, does He view money? There are many thoughts I could share but I’ll limit it to three we rarely hear about. Money is:
1 Timothy 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
Do you know how much money and wealth the great industrialists who built America like Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, J.P. Morgan, and John D. Rockefeller left when they died? All of it! None of the money and wealth they accumulated ever left this planet. It was only temporarily in their possession. Solomon of the Old Testament who was the wisest of all men found that regardless of man’s station in life, a man accumulates nothing (Ecclesiastes 5:19, 20). Each man’s wealth and money amounts to nothing they can bring with him into eternity. It must have a higher purpose for use on Earth.
2 Corinthians 9:10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
God applies the concept of sowing and reaping to money in 2 Corinthians 9:6 and so money can also be a seed. He ministers (provides or furnishes) seed (money) to sow with and for bread. You could say God furnishes resources for sowing and resources for consumption, or resources for giving and resources for living. That money we sow in the form of tithes, offerings, and ministering to the poor (alms) is a tool to finance the work of the ministry and function of the Kingdom of God. It is a tool to finance the preaching of the Gospel in all the world and making disciples of all nations.
Luke 16:9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. 10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. 1 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
We are stewards of the resources we have been entrusted with. A steward is not an owner but manages the resources of another and one day will give account of one’s stewardship. We are to use mammon to effect eternal relationships that when we die those who made it to Heaven by our faithful use of money will one day receive us in our eternal habitation.
It takes work or labor to attain the money we have. Most work 40 hours a week and get paid wages or a salary for it. It actually takes the giving of one’s life in labor on the job, business, or investing to receive money back so we can say money represents the “giving of one’s life.” That is why to God the giving of our money is a big deal because it represents the giving of our life. God views not withholding as your respect, reverence, and fear of the Lord like He viewed Abraham not withholding offering up his son Isaac (Genesis 22:12). On the negative side and correspondingly, God views the withholding of our money as representing the withholding of our life. W e need to think like God thinks about money.