Money….Blessing or a Curse
Paul Tripp wrote a book called Sex and Money, in chapter 12 of this book focuses on money. Money is a common everyday discussion. From my peers, I hear conversations like, how will I pay for college? These gas prices are so high? I can’t afford a home, everything is more expensive than it used to be. Money can come between family, friends, and even countries. While it is a stressful topic and feels like a curse, it can also be a blessing. Paul Tripp states that “Money will be a blessing to you, or it’ll be a curse. It will be a tool in the hands of a God of grace, or it will be a doorway to bat in dangerous things. Like two sides of a physical coin, there are two spiritual sides of money. Each side calls you. Each side holds you before vision and promises.” (Tripp). Tripp is sharing that there are two sides to money, the blessing, and the curse. We can use the money to do God's grace or to be in dangerous things.
Paul Tripp states that “Money is a window on what rules your heart” (Tripp) He gives the example of when you get unexpected money, what in your heart; selfishness and focus on want or helping others in need comes to light. While one person sees money and goes to spend it on themselves, another thinks of others and how they can help others.
What does God say about money? In Hebrews 13:5 it states that “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” This verse speaks about not having a love of money but rather being content with what the Lord has given us. The Lord will always support us and provide for us. Blessings, the Lord gives us many, money is not an exclusion. Proverbs 28:20 “A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished”. This verse speaks about the need to be faithful to the Lord and that he will provide for us. Are you satisfied? Ecclesiastes 5:10 “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.” This verse is a reminder that money is not satisfaction. You can not use the money to fill a hole where the Lord is missing.
There are many opportunities to use the money we receive for good and for those who are in need. There are many that come to mind such as homeless shelters, many nonprofits in areas, and even with the Ukraine situation. An article that I found gives ways and resources that we can support those in need and fleeing their country. This article shares resources such as, “. Recommended organizations include Polish Humanitarian Action, the Polish Association for Legal Intervention for refugee rights, the Polish Center for International Aid, HIAS, and their Ukrainian partner R2P.” (Piper) The Polish International Aid is a resource to help those who are fleeing Ukraine.
So, I challenge you, readers, to think of ways that you can help others with money rather than being selfish and spending it on things that you want rather than need.
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Tripp, Paul David. “Money Matters .” Sex & Money: Pleasures That Leave You Empty and Grace That Satisfies, Crossway, 2013.