March 22, 2006
Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.
The early church took care of one another physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially because their top priority - their focus - was not on themselves.
They cared more about each other, which produced an authentic generosity. This generosity was based on their complete devotion to fulfilling Christ’s call to reach the world with the Gospel.
The Bible has a lot to say about the believer and his or her money. The way we master - or are mastered by - our money and possessions tells a great deal about our lives and our integrity.
The genuine spiritual condition of the heart is clearly reflected in how you handle money. Jesus said in Matthew 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
God doesn’t ask for your finances because He needs your money. Rather, He wants you to make Him the focus of your life…and He won’t be if money has mastered you!
THE WAY YOU MASTER — OR ARE MASTERED BY — YOUR MONEY SAYS A GREAT DEAL ABOUT YOUR SPIRITUAL INTEGRITY.