June 27, 2006
The blessing of the LORD makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. --Proverbs 10:22
Money is a gift from God. But many people have a poor relationship with it—including many Christians.
Believers should have different attitudes about money than the culture at large. Because the Bible tells us there are things more important than money. For example, Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches….”
Proverbs also tells us that wisdom (3:13-18), character (23:23), intelligence (20:15), and human relationships (15:17) are more important than money. Even Jesus concluded in Mark 8:36, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?”
In commercial office buildings, there are firewalls that protect the structure and its inhabitants from fire. When you’re online, there are firewalls that protect your computer from viruses.
And in order to protect your family from the dangers of money, you need to build a financial firewall around your life. You do this by earning your money honestly, managing your money wisely, and giving your money generously.
AS A BELIEVER, YOU SHOULD HAVE A DIFFERENT ATTITUDE ABOUT MONEY.