Be Still Know
Psalm 15:5 (NLT)
‘Those who lend money without charging interest, and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent. Such people will stand firm forever.’
As a teenager I was very black and white in my thinking, with a heart for the downtrodden. It was perhaps this tilt toward idealism that prepared me for my initial encounter with Christ on going to university. Initially I took Christianity to be the antidote to all that was wrong. I began a journey which involved separating my politics from my faith. It was a faith that in many ways was changing my politics.
I slowly got absorbed into the natural way of things and my life was caught up with ministry, mortgage and the like. My values were adopted from the prevailing culture rather more than from any basis upon my faith. My rationalisation of my life style choices was initiated from my context with my theology forced to fit around this. It was a theology that was mirrored in those alongside whom I worshipped and worked.
It was only slowly that I discovered that God’s wardrobe required me to embrace certain values that that deeply impacted my practical economic choices as much as any others. This was tough in a society in which economic matters are kept private.
As a church leadership we did manage to maintain an honest accountability with each other on our income and expenditure for a couple of years, but this was in the early years before any of us had accumulated any wealth to speak of. It seemed to reflect the practice of the church in Acts yet we didn’t sustain it.
God however is deeply interested in economics recognising that wealth distribution is an essential element in true justice. It’s not about equality because we don’t all want the same amount of money because we are all wired differently, yet it is about equitability; the fair and impartial distribution of resources. When we begin to allow God into our finances, we take a step nearer to God.
QUESTION: Do your finances reflect the priorities and generosity of God? Reflect on what may need to change
PRAYER: Sovereign God, when so many worship the idols of money and possessions, free me from their power, free me to freely give.