As we carried on our conversation, even though it was punctured at different times with “I am grateful to God”, it was obvious that my dear one gave more time to building his wealth than he did to building His walk with God.
I told him, “Sir, we are grateful for all that the Lord has done. But if he places a demand on all, would you be able to let it go? Sir, the way to master money and material things is by giving it out”.
Money is good. The love of money is the root of all evil. There is a difference. The first is money as a single person. The second is money as a married person tied in covenant to the soul of a man. When divorce from money is hard, the death of the soul is already achieved.
Whatever you cannot give has become your idol. The moment you begin to complain, you have gotten to the threshold of your faithfulness and trust in God. Where complaint begins is where trust ended. Your complaints reflect the capacity you have developed.
Do you remember the Rich Man that came to Jesus? Jesus knew the test he needed to pass was to give all he had to the poor. The man became very sad and left Jesus when he heard that instruction because he was very rich (Luke 18:22-23)
Jesus threw a jab at virtually everything we call a testimony today. He said, “You cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own” (Mark 10:17-27). Note the words “Everything”. Can you? Can I?
So giving up that house is more a testimony than when you bought or built it. Giving out that car is a “greater” testimony than when you acquired it. Resigning the cool paying job to serve in a mission field is a “greater” testimony than the testimony of appointment letters. Which one makes us scream and jump the most?
We must be grateful for all these things definitely but we must ensure that they serve the purpose of God and if that involves giving them away, we must be willing to!
The testimony of the early church that made it to the heart of the Holy Spirit and documented for our learning was that they gave. Definitely they acquired properties but the documentation was about their giving.
Solomon knew the danger and he warned: There is a painful tragedy that I have seen under the sun: Riches lead to the downfall of those who hoard them.
Ecclesiastes 5:13 GW
Be willing to give.