Paul, Titus, and others were leaders for the Lord who showed great initiative, but they also ensured their integrity by wisely establishing additional oversight when they handled money for others. Most importantly, their use of money aimed first to further the cause of the gospel.
“But thanks be to God who puts the same earnest care for you into the heart of Titus. For he not only accepted the exhortation, but being more diligent, he went to you of his own accord. And we have sent with him the brother whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches, and not only that, but who was also chosen by the churches to travel with us with this gift, which is administered by us to the glory of the Lord Himself and to show your ready mind, avoiding this: that anyone should blame us in this lavish gift which is administered by us—providing honorable things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men” (2 Corinthians 8:16-21, NKJV).
Money is an integral part of the warrior’s life on many levels, whether the subject is this year’s Department of Defense budget or the details of a re-enlistment bonus. God’s Word speaks frankly about the legitimate use of money and warns against its misuse. What are some keys to ensuring you use money wisely?
First, remember that all money and material wealth belong to the Lord. In handling money and resources given to you personally, or entrusted to you for others, you are a steward of God’s wealth and should seek to honor Him in your conduct.
Next, ask yourself if your use of money will communicate to others your commitment to please God. Not only is the Lord watching how you handle money, but so are other people. Your honesty and wise financial choices do much to reflect positively on your identity as a believer.
You do not need to face this challenge alone. Jesus has conquered this challenge so that you can move from your present situation to a life of overcoming. Invite him to lead you in your journey. He will forgive, comfort, and heal you.
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