In the days to come, we will look closely at what God has said in His word about giving, tithing, prosperity, and finances. We will examine what His will is and what his promises to us are regarding these subjects. We are not prosperity preachers, but we do believe it is God’s will that His children prosper. It is not worldly or sinful to be concerned with finances and desire to prosper. Nor is it wrong to have a large income. The Word does not say that money is the root of all evil, but it is rather, the love or lust for money.
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil…” 1 Timothy 6:10)
The Greek word translated as “For the love of money” is philargyria, from one of the Greek words for love, phileo, and the word for silver, aguros. It is very clear that it is the love, or perhaps affection better conveys the flavor of phileo, of money is the problem here. It is not the money itself that is wrong, nor is it the possessing of money that is the problem. Rather it is a question of where your affection lies. Jesus put it this way:
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24)
The question is not do you have money, it was never that. The question we must ask ourselves is, “Are you serving your money, or is it serving you?” The second question we must ask is equally important, “Am I serving God, or my own personal desires?” We also need to ask ourselves: Are we glorifying God in what we say or do? Are we using the resources God has given us according to His will and plan to further the Kingdom? We do not want to imply that you can’t or shouldn’t have good things. God wants us to have good things, in fact, we believe that in most cases, good stewardship dictates we buy the best, most durable items we can afford and then take care of them the best we can.
By now, some are, no doubt, wondering what qualifies us to pen this. We are not biblical scholars, though we have learned from some. Nor, are we financial experts, not by a long shot. We have not made it, and we are not “well off” as the world (and much of the church) sees it. In fact, in the natural, we are barely making ends meet. Yet one thing which the Lord has been teaching Deborah and I is that He is our provision. We can not look to our jobs, our relatives, our financial acumen, or the size of our bank account as provision. That role belongs to God alone, and for us at least, He is taking it back.
Deborah and I look eagerly to the day we see God’s finances fully released in our lives, and step by step, we are beginning to see that happen as we walk our lives out according to His principles. Not so we can live lavishly, but so we can bless others, and give freely into His works. We are not there yet, for like most of us, we are still learning many lessons, but we are getting closer, and we have begun to see the first fruits of the promises He has spoken to us. It is our hope that we can share some of the lessons we have learned along the way in simple, practical terms, and that in doing so we will encourage others in this walk. We are all in this together, and we as the bride will all walk in victory … together.
What qualifies us is what qualifies each of us. We are children of the King, Kevin Bar YHWH, and Deborah Bah YHWH, adopted children of the Most High God, heirs and joint heirs with Christ, the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, friends of God, Bride of Christ. We are all of this and more. Each of us as “followers of the Way” bears all of these titles and many more besides. We all need to better understand who we are in Jesus, and what a wonderful and awesome heritage we have been born again into, but that is a subject for a book in and of itself.
We are not ordinary people, none of us are, rather, we are a peculiar people, a chosen race, and a people for God’s own possession. We are ordinary Christians perhaps, but even the most “ordinary” Christian is a most extraordinary person because of whom he or she has become. And so we come to you, not as experts, but as fellow sojourners, to share with you a journey the Lord has taken us upon over the last few years. Join us on this voyage as we together discover nuggets of truth in the rich treasure of His Word.