Scripture:- Revelation 4:11 - Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thus has created all things, and for thy pleasure, they are, and were created.
Wouldn’t you be scared if you saw a beast was like a lion? Another beast like a calf? A third beast who had a face like a man? And another beast who was like a flying eagle? And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night?
I know I would.
Well, John is in heaven when he sees these beast. Now, I’m in Louisiana and we see some weird creatures, especially of the bug type. Racoons and armadillos give me the hee-bee-gee bees, let alone thinking about these ravaging beast.
But these same beast bowed down and were screaming "Holy Holy, God, which was, is and is to come!!!". And this is where this verse comes in, where ALL things were created by God, for God’s pleasure.
And I don’t think that money is any different. When we have money and do things that are righteous and for God’s glory, how can that be a bad thing?
Where we want to make the mental switch is using the money to please God.
And how do we do that?
Love our neighbor as ourselves, giving to the less fortunate, and investing in ourselves so we can be better at what we do.
Yes, you heard me, investing in YOURSELF. If you were going to serve in the army of the Lord, wouldn’t you want to be the strongest you can be?
Wouldn’t you use every resource you had to improve your relationship with him, and get closer? Of course you would, or you wouldn’t be reading this post.
Seeking counsel to make sure your finances are in order, making sure you budget so you have enough, and saving a portion to give. All of this takes planning. Because if you don’t, you will never have enough money to give, because you haven’t saved any for that purpose.
So continue down this path of investing your time into those things that will be pleasing to God. Take that vacation to the Holy Land, take food down to the church picnic, and buy that book on how to grieve after the passing of a loved one. Use your money to invest in yourself and things that are pleasing to God, because that is why they were created. So you can have pleasure pleasing God. I hope that you have been blessed.
Prayer: Lord, everything that I do with my money is for your pleasure. When I witness the beasts of this world, I will know that even they will have to bow down to your glory. You are eternal, and everything I do, I do for you.
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Many Christians struggle with the seemingly conflicting views about our faith and the pursuit of financial gain. They were taught that poverty was piety and that a lack of money was the only way to truly detach themselves from the love of money. Our blog debunks some of those claims, teaches you that you can be rich and righteous, and at the same time fulfill your obligation to tithe and give to the less fortunate. We are dedicated to helping you become cheerful givers by organizing your personal finances, providing investment tips to help you create wealth, and encouraging you to create a gifting strategy that will make your family and God proud.
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