Thursday, December 9, 2010
Money Money Money!
The financial dreamland is over. For the last 4 or 5 months we have been living on the KAUST campus where we were only financially responsible for food and any traveling/entertainment we wanted. The university provided basically everything: housing, medical insurance and even transportation around campus. Come December 24th, when we step off the plane back into Colorado, we enter back into more of a financial reality. A reality where we have bills and responsibility. A reality where we want to be good stewards of the money that we will be making with Healing Waters. It's new, and Carly and I are both super excited.
As you can imagine, this move back home has triggered a lot of recent conversations about how we want to be handling money. Our first priority is for sure to find a way to spend every cent of it on ourselves. I mean, that's what the world tells us after all.
Truthfully, we have been thinking a ton about what Jesus says about money in the Gospels. I have never really noticed how frequently He talks about it. It surprised me. The book of Luke alone has so many challenges:
-We don't want to be rich fools. We want to be rich toward God (Luke 12:13-21)
-We want to give, give, and then give some more (Luke 12: 33-34)
-We want to be trustworthy with worldly wealth and not waste the possessions given to us (Luke 16:10-12)
-We want nothing (riches, security, status) standing between us and trusting Christ (Luke 18:18-27)
The overall message we are getting from Luke is, "Be careful and wise with money. It can be so dangerous. To avoid the temptation to love money over God, give it away." We don't think the Bible says to give EVERYTHING to the poor and live in poverty. We are saying that it's easier to give away something that is not controlling you. We don't want money to control us, to take our attention or our affections. We have been given much and we will be called to accountability for that.
I will leave you with a last verse...
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Luke 12:34