Show me the MONEY!

[mk_dropcaps style="fancy-style"]I[/mk_dropcaps]t may seem odd to go from talking about the value of relationships into talking about money as we switch themes going into April. I assure you they are connected.  How?  I am glad you asked! There are over 2000 scriptures in the bible about money.  With that much focus spent on one subject it must be because God knows how important this topic is.  It is important because there actually is an emotional connection of our heart to our finances.  How we relate with money cannot be limited to just some mechanized routine of behaviors because we are not ourselves machines.  We have addressed how we relate with others and the power that brings.  Now we will look at how we relate with money.

[mk_blockquote style="line-style" font_family="none" text_size="16" align="center"]For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.- Matthew 6:21[/mk_blockquote]

Finances impact every area of our lives.  If we are not healthy financially, all other areas suffer.  Including areas such as relationships, physical health, mental, and spiritual. No matter how compartmentalized your life is there is no way to keep these things separate.  Not only does one system within our bodies impact the ability of the rest to function properly, but when we look at the body of christ and our role within the church we must accept our responsibility to walk out a life as a good and faithful servant of God.  That includes how we manage our money.  With Easter approaching this coming Sunday I can think of no better way than to get right this foundational topic in order to let flow the blessing of God in our lives in a fresh way.

Our thoughts impact us and our actions impact others more than we realize.  In his book The Butterfly Effect, Andy Andrews focus' on how even the smallest action can create a ripple effect that is as powerful as a hurricane.  As limited beings in our own strength our influence is very ordinary.  Yet when we add in the supernatural power of our creator, our ordinary becomes extraordinary.

When you take that principle and apply it to your finances you can have an extraordinary life financially that does not just touch your life and the immediate family and friends around you.  Scripture promises:

[mk_blockquote style="line-style" font_family="none" text_size="16" align="center"]A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.- Proverbs 13:22[/mk_blockquote]

We are good when we leave a legacy, which includes but is not limited to financial inheritance.  We can rest assured that what may be accumulated by sinners ultimately ends up in the hands of God’s people (the righteous are those in right standing with God). Stand on this truth in the moments you are tempted to take a shortcut, to indulge in instant gratification, or to operate in a way that is contrary to God's word. The only lasting treasure we can take from this earth into heaven is the impact we have on the lives around us helping them to draw closer to Jesus.

Money is a tool to do this, nothing more nothing less.  This month we will look at some very practical things to be wise stewards of finances, but more importantly we will address the emotional connection we have to money.  I personally have found that the principles of wise money management are easy to grasp, but to really know why they were important takes digging into the word of God.  In doing so you may have to face some broken or faulty paradigms about money.  There is no shame or condemnation for that, but really when you look at those paradigms at their root lies a heart that has yet to fully surrender to the Lord.  Your freedom is here to give over fully your heart to the Lord in a new way.  With that in mind knowing as we dig into the topic of finance we are going to unravel a deeper connection with God let's take on the passion Jerry Maguire and ask God to “Show me the MONEY!”