As I was conversing with a colleague and friend of mine the other day the topic of discussion of personal finance came up. As we conversed we come to the conclusion that money is an object that works for people in many different ways; the truth of the matter though is how you use it. There are some people who has more than enough in personal wealth to the degree that it is not an object to them. Then we have the many people who would like to have more in their finances, but either lack the education or the wisdom to create a better cash flow. We need to have a God-centered attitude when seeking Him for answers to all of life’s challenging dilemmas including finances. Ask God for wisdom and He will grant that to you. James 1:5.
Jesus spoke of personal finance and love more than many other subject matters when he walked the earth. Today, He is still speaking through financial advisors, life and health insurance professionals, and other professions including but not limited to: tax advisors or estate planning attorneys that specialize in areas that has to do with money. These professionals should be licensed in the state where they reside, and should have a non-resident license if they are selling insurance products to help you as a consumer to build and maintain wealth.
There several different ways how money can be and can become an object. One scenario is if you needed funds back had a lack thereof, then that creates financial challenges. The second scenario is, if you have the funds available and you have access to it; to do want you want to do without hesitation of wondering where the funds would come from. Another scenario is if you have hired someone for certain services and have not compensated them according to the agreed amount for their labors, but you have withheld their wages, then this is fraud. James gives and ample warning to the rich who use these negative business transactions. James 5:1-6. We are to become wise stewards of all God has entrusted to us.
There is nothing wrong with having more than enough in material wealth. However, if the use of your financial status are not benefiting the need others, then as someone who has more than enough, you have missed the mark, because it is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35. Back in the early 70’s the American pop group the O’Jays had a smash hit record titled “For the Love of Money.” “It will keep on changing up your mind,” were some of the lyrics to this particular song. Don’t let money change or fool you; it do what it does, come and go.
Money itself is not the problem; it is a great tool to have access to, we cannot do without it. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” I Timothy 6:10. Who do you love the most; God or the money He has allowed you to have access to? “Lay up your treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also… You cannot love God and mammon.” Matthew 6:19-24.