Our financial world needs regular tuning. We have to constantly adjust our perspective on money. How do we handle our extra? What guides our decisions with the money that’s left over after food, shelter and clothing?
Jesus told a parable about a man who had a lot of extra. He decided to store up the surplus for himself and take it easy. Little did he know, his life would end that night. The whole point of Jesus’ story was that life does not consist in an amassing an abundance of possessions.
Jesus is not against preparing for the future and he is not against people having extra. His challenge was to shift our perspective from storing up for self to being rich toward God.
We can fine tune our perspective by remembering 3 P’s:
Percentage – God doesn’t care how much you give, he cares about the percentage. If you took the challenge from Part 1 of this series you may have discovered you are living on 100% of your income. You may have discovered that you are living on 130%. God’s request is that we live with margin, living on 90% and giving 10% of our income to honor him.
Person – Jesus’ story emphasized being rich toward God. We are instructed in the Bible to bring our tithe, our 10% to provide for God’s house (Malachi 3:10).
When it comes to your financial perspective, do a little find tuning. Give a percentage, make it a priority and give to God.
Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you.Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:15-21