Financial Vision Correction

By: Kurt Green

Like most people I have less than perfect eyesight. Without glasses or contacts I can see, but everything from a foot or so out begins to blur. I can function without my corrective lenses, but I am limited in what I can do. I can't drive a car without them. I stumble around a bit, and have trouble reading anything that isn't close to my face.

We all grow up learning a certain way to look at finances. Our home life, schooling and environment tell us how money works. Unfortunately many times what we are taught is either completely incorrect, or limited.

For instance you may look at money as a bad thing. You may have heard "Money is the root of all evil" quoted to you. Sadly that "verse" isn't scripture at all. Its a misquote. 1 Timothy 6 is talking about false teachings and to watch out for them. Chapter 6 vs 10 is talking about people who begin loving money over Christ. The verse is this:
"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."

Money is just a tool God has placed on this earth. Money, like many things can be used for good as well as evil. We should use money the same way that we use music: to praise God, spread the gospel, bless others, and advance the Kingdom of the Heavens.

You may not look at money as evil, but see it as a limited thing. "There is only so much money to go around", "We are just getting by". I will challenge you with this question: Does God want us to "just get by" in anything? We are sons of the Most High. We have been made heirs with Christ. We are called to reach the world with the Gospel, and that takes funding. Work at building your wealth. Yes I said you should become wealthy. Christians should all be looking at ways to bring more money into their households. Why? I encourage you to read 2 Corinthians 8 and 9. 2 Corinthians 8:7 sums it up well:

"But just as you excel in everything-in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us--see that you also excel in this grace of giving"

You see, we should be excellent givers no matter where we are financially. But at the same time we should be looking for ways to build wealth for the purpose of giving it away! Praise God, what a glorious thought! Is that not what our Lord Jesus Christ did? He was rich, but gave it all away to bring us into a right relationship with Him. Now he is back on the throne, freely giving blessings to his children so they can spread the message of the Gospel throughout the world.

How is your financial vision? Does it need corrective lenses? You must first change your heart before you can get a proper perspective on money. I believe it all comes down to having a giving heart. Once again I encourage you to read2 Corinthians 8,9

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