Luke 16:13-16- “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided (turned their noses up to) Him. And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God. “The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it.”
Nothing reflects the kingdom more than how we handle our money! Jesus taught about mammon (money) and the kingdom more than any other subject in the gospels… That ought to tell us something!! Jesus prefaced with where I started in verse 13 in verses 10-12- “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much: and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. “Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? “And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?” The principle in the kingdom is “to he who hath, even more will be given, and to him who has not, even what he has, will be taken away.” I used to think that’s not fair, but it’s only those who “invest” in the kingdom, that God continues to give back to them! Those who trust in ‘uncertain riches’ will not be givers, but they will be hoarders. They’re afraid they will not have enough so they hold on to what they have.
This is the way the Pharisees thought and still the pharisaical spirit works today. They want to be seen giving in the temple and lording over the people, but have no idea how to give and sow in the kingdom… I’ve certainly not mastered it all concerning finances, but Pam and I have found and seen how faithful God is, when we sow and invest in the kingdom! This is not just investing in buildings and organizations, this is investing in the work of God through those that are ambassadors and stewards of the mysteries of God. What freedom it is to give liberally and cheerfully to those that have been entrusted with a stewardship, those who have an assignment in the kingdom! Apostle Paul understood this as he said in I. Co. 9:17- “For if I do this willingly (preach the gospel), I have a reward; but if against my will, I have been entrusted with a stewardship.” (a dispensation, or an administration of the gospel.)
When we sow “with a view toward the kingdom”, we return tithes, give offerings, and sow into the kingdom, then what we give through a “church, ministry, organization, or mission, will not be limited to our resources! It will take on a multiplication and an exponential return that cannot be matched by this world system! It opens up “YOU” the windows of heaven, and pours out through YOU a blessing that we cannot contain or just receive unto ourselves. It expands our borders and enlarges our territory and causes us to break out on the right and on the left.. Those who ‘turn up their noses to those who are givers’ are really the ones who don’t understand the purpose and meaning of money! And those who ‘freely receive (know they haven’t really earned their money where they work or their own ability) freely give!’ (Know that they are just a carrier or conduit of the blessing of God on their lives!)
So, as we press into the kingdom, we find that the only place or thing that cannot be shaken concerning finances, is the KINGDOM OF GOD! Hebrews 12:27,28- Now this ‘Yet once more’, indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace by which we may serve God acceptability with reverence and godly fear…. God bless, Jim & Pam