Wealth in the Bible

Using God's Blessings to Bless Others…

Category: Mark

Put in Everything

Mark 12: 41 – 44 – ‘Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything – all she had to live on.”’

It is wonderful to have an abundance and bless others on account of being blessed ourselves. However, if all of your wealth was taken away would you still desire to give? Would you still give?

Put in Everything: Would you Give all you had?

Put in Everything: Would you Give all you had?

At one church I attended, the congregation was encouraged to fast and pray around the end of the financial year. As we came into a new financial year we were to consider what God had placed on our hearts to give to the church. In this way, they could plan for their next financial year. I distinctly remember my mother committing to giving her first week’s wages from her home run business to the church as a love offering.

She was trusting that God would provide enough finances for her for the rest of the year, and through this acted in obedience by giving first, knowing He could provide all her needs. Imagine her delight after this act of obedience when she received a tax return that covered that exact amount she had given!

It’s not a guarantee that we’ll receive back what we’ve given – that isn’t what giving is about. It is a guarantee that when we act out of obedience to God, He will bless us. Sometimes it has to truly cost you in faith – and finances – to test what you consider first in your life – God or wealth.

Wealth tip: You only win with an exponential increase. If you put money into a savings account, this earns interest. Once this is earned, the interest earns its own interest. You can’t lose!

Not the Season

Mark 11: 13 – 14, 20 – 22 – ‘Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it… In the morning as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!” “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.’

It can be easy for us to say, ‘I can’t do anything now, it’s not the season.’ Jesus wants us to be fruitful in all seasons. Yes, there is a time to reap and a time to sow, but don’t both relate to being productive?

Not the Season: it's Always the Season to Plant God's Word

Not the Season: it’s Always the Season to Plant God’s Word

It is always a time to be fruitful. We can do this through our giving. We can be fruitful with our earning. We can be generous, wealthy Christians in every season of our lives.

My husband and I have just had our second child. He was so eager to come along; he turned up 6 weeks early! As I make frequent hospital visits, there are many opportunities to help others that need to visit the hospital.

This morning I was able to provide someone with my parking space as she needed one close to the hospital to get her newly discharged baby to. It was easy to say, ‘I’m just leaving now, come and benefit from my spot.’ It greatly blessed her and made me feel good for being able to help!

In the process of this happening, another person found a park but a bin was in the way. I was in the opportune place to move it for her. Ask God to open your eyes to opportunities to be fruitful – He will gladly grant your request!

Financial tip – some annual bills like car registrations and home insurance are cheaper to pay in full, rather than in smaller more frequent amounts. Save in anticipation of these bills – they shouldn’t be a surprise! In doing so, you’ll save yourself money over the longer term to invest elsewhere.

Be the Very Last

Mark 9: 35 – ‘Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”’

Jesus sets an incredible example for us. He was the one man on earth who was sinless, blameless and yet he humbled himself before all mankind and died on the cross for our sins.  He calls us to humble ourselves before others to imitate God’s incredible love for all of mankind.

Are you Willing to be the Very Last?

Are you Willing to be the Very Last?

Why do you desire to be a wealthy Christian?  Consider your motives.  It is important to remember Christ’s example as we strive toward financial success.

Having wealth is not about being first in this world.  As a wealthy Christian, we should strive to be last.  That is, to put others’ needs before our own.  How wonderful to be able to bless others with the abundance that God has provided!

Look for avenues in your everyday life where you can humble yourself and give to others.  Once you start looking, you will find many, many opportunities to give to those in need.  You may also find that you can do this without having an abundance of funds!  Kind words, a smile, no longer used clothes and blankets, extra food – many, many resources that we possess but don’t use, could benefit others.

Starting today, make it a habit to be the very last.  It was an example Christ chose to set for us, and indicated that we should aim for.

Wealth tip – setting up an offset account for your mortgage means that any money you have left over for the week or that is put aside to pay upcoming bills can be sitting against your mortgage debt and keeping your interest down. It’ll save you thousands in the long run.

Gain the Whole World

Mark 8:36 – ‘What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?’

People can be a fickle race.  Have you ever thought, if only I had more money, things would be better, easier, more fun?

I don't want to Gain the Whole World but Lose my Soul

I don’t want to Gain the Whole World but Lose my Soul

I believe a lot of financial problems come from greed and living outside our means.  It is so easy to put things on credit, to get loans and to spend large amounts of money on items that aren’t truly necessary.

If you had everything in this world that you desired, would you be satisfied?  I wouldn’t.  Instead, I prefer to find my satisfaction in God and my relationship with Him.  Through this, whatever my circumstances, I know that He is in control.

Yes, I desire to be closer to Him.  I desire to be a better wife and mother.  I desire to be a better steward with what God has blessed me with.  I desire to make more of an impact in this world, to leave the world a better place through my life.  I desire to give more, to judge less and to love more.

But I know that God loves me just as I am and He has done everything that is needed for me to be saved, loved and acceptable.  There is no work that I can do on this earth, no thing that I can gain that will make me more acceptable to God – Christ did it all.

Do not mix up the idea of wealth with a better life for yourself.  Do not fall into the trap of thinking if you just had a little more, things would be better.  Learn to find enough in what God has blessed you with now, then aim to improve your situation so you can bless others.

Financial tip – search online for a savings account that offers a high interest rate. If you’re already saving – great! Make sure that money is earning you as much as it possibly can. Be mindful of bank accounts that have ongoing fees. Many online accounts are free to set up and offer great interest rates.

The Sabbath

Mark 2: 27 – ‘Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”’

God made the Sabbath. He made it for us. Can you think of anything that He has made for us that isn’t in our best interests?

We have discipline to correct us. We have provisions to feed and clothe us and keep us comfortable. We have wealth to help us to bless others of God’s children that are desperately in need.

We have the Sabbath to ensure that we have one day a week where we rest. And what are we to do with that rest? Focus on God! He should be a part of our daily lives, but one day in particular should be easier to give our all to Him, because nothing is expected of us work wise. Recognise the value in the Sabbath for your health – physically and spiritually with God.

Financial tip – some forms of giving can be tax deductible, which can benefit your financial position at the end of the financial year and result in the ability to give out of any tax refunds you may receive.

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