THE SEED OF GIVING MONEY AND OTHER MATERIALS (PART1)
Different kinds of seeds we can sow to reap a guaranteed harvest have been considered in this teaching series.
In today’s module we shall begin to look at the seed of giving money and other materials.
We will be focusing on developing the right attitude towards money in today’s module.
Money is a vital need today because we all need it to meet several needs.
Ignoring our need for money and other material needs is foolishness.
We are told in scriptures that money is a defense.
For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.
We are also told that money answers all things.
Ecclesiastes 10:19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.
There are certain prayers for supply we may not need to say if we have money to solve that need.
In such cases instead of prayers of request it will be prayers of Thanksgiving that God already supplied and we are grateful for His provision.
However having wrong attitudes such as greed, covetousness and selfishness towards money and other material needs is very dangerous.
The life of Gehazi is a good example of this.
He inherited the leprosy of Naaman as a reward.
2Kings 5:26 And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants?
5:27 The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.
Elisha clearly showed us a scriptural principle that we are not to always receive money or material gifts from those we Minister to.
We must follow the leading of the Holy Spirit to know which gift we should receive and which gift we should reject.
He asked Gehazi if it was a time to receive money or the other material things he listed.
Achan and Judas Iscariot are other examples of people who ended badly because of wrong attitudes towards money.
Relying on money is suicidal because money can fail if the economy crashes.
Genesis 47:15 And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth.
No matter how much we have in the bank or in investments, we are told in scriptures to trust God daily for provision.
Jesus taught us to ask God daily for bread (Matt 6:9-13)!
Yes! No matter how much we have we are still to trust God daily for provision and not put our trust in our money or riches!
Jesus told us its hard for those who TRUST in riches to enter into the Kingdom of God.
10:24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
That bank can go bankrupt and all our billions will be gone!
That investment can become a huge loss!
It can all happen in one day like it happened to Job!
If our confidence was on it, then we are finished!
We will deny our faith in God and possibly judge God as unfaithful!
In Ecclesiates 7:12 we looked at before, both money and wisdom are presented as a defense.
However wisdom has the added advantage over money because it can give life but money cannot!
Wisdom begins in the fear (reverential fear) of the Lord and that’s where true life is found (Psalms 111:10, Prov 9:10, 10:27).
In fact, if we don’t develop the right attitude towards money, it can kill us faster.
We can develop high blood pressure because a business deal failed and our plan to get rich has suffered a set back!
We can use money to pay for and enjoy several ungodly pleasures with ease.
Money has the tendency to enslave us such that we begin to serve it instead of serving God.
Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Jesus contrasted service to God and service to mammon or money!
We are servants to anyone we choose to obey (Romans 6:16)!
In other words, we make money our master when what we do (including those things in our service to God) is motivated primarily by the monetary and material rewards we seek.
Even if the process involved in getting the money falls short of God’s holy standard we are going to compromise to have it.
God’s word tells us clearly that we should not do Ministry or render service to God with a mindset fixed on money as a reward
Micah 3:11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.
Today many of us into Ministry use our position and gifts to manipulate money out of people’s pockets.
Many believers in position of authority or influence in the society or our offices also illegally use that position to collect bribes or illegal money through oppression.
We call it all kinds of names and have made it a normal lifestyle!
We must realize that this attitude that has now legalized illegality in acquisition of money is ungodly and has made us slaves to money.
We may not want to agree but the truth is that we are making ourselves slaves to money by these practices!
We are told that having godliness and being content in it is great gain because the love of money is the root of all evil.
6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
We are looking at these things because having the right attitude towards money must be put in place to properly engage it as a seed which will bring us the right harvest.
If we have wrong attitudes towards money we can never be sacrificial, willing and cheerful givers.
Our desire to make more money must spring out of our love for God and humanity!
We have seen kingdom assignments and suffering humanity and our hearts cries out to meet it.
If this becomes our drive for ever desiring to have more money, giving or sowing monetary seeds willingly, sacrificially, bountifully and cheerfully will become our normal lifestyles.
To be continued…