Christians and Money

Christians and Money – Unveiling the Truth


Welcome to To The Point with Zebra. Today’s discussion revolves around a topic that challenges many believers—Christians and Money. Join us as we explore what Jesus demonstrated in his own life and understand how he wants us to live as believers. In the first half, we’ll delve into Jesus’s life, followed by a short music break. Later, we’ll discuss how we, as believers, should approach the subject of money.

The Complexity of Christians and Money

Christians and Money is a subject that often poses challenges for believers. This presentation aims to shed light on Jesus’s teachings and actions regarding wealth. Money itself is not condemned, but the love of money is cautioned against, as mentioned by Paul.

Dispelling Incorrect Ideas

Contrary to some beliefs, Jesus wasn’t indifferent to money matters. For instance, he entrusted his money to Judas, who was a thief. This apparent nonchalance regarding finances is something we’ll explore in detail.

Life of Jesus: Blessed in Material Ways

The life of Jesus began with significant material blessings. The Magi from Babylon brought precious gifts—gold, frankincense, and myrrh. This suggests Jesus was blessed materially right from the start. Deuteronomy 28’s promises of prosperity for those who follow God’s commands find resonance in Jesus’s life.

Jesus’s Earthly Profession: Master Builder

Jesus, known as a carpenter, was more accurately a tekton, a master builder. His business included constructing houses, making him a prosperous and skilled individual.

Financial Aspects in Jesus’s Ministry

Jesus wore a seamless tunic, an expensive garment, indicating prosperity. Moreover, he had a treasurer managing considerable funds for the disciples. The feeding of the 5,000 showcases Jesus’s financial acumen and resources, challenging traditional views of his financial situation.

Jesus’s Financial Practices

Jesus adhered to the law, tithing every three days and giving offerings on other days. Disciples, recognizing his financial capacity, posed a question about spending substantial amounts without hesitation. This exemplifies Jesus’s consistent generosity and financial freedom.

Modern Implications

Translating the disciples’ proposed expenditure to modern currency, the discussion brings attention to the disciples’ nonchalant approach, emphasizing Jesus’s pattern of giving away substantial sums regularly.

Jesus’s Approach to Wealth

Contrary to assumptions, Jesus did not advocate personal accumulation of wealth. Notably, in the encounter with the rich young ruler, Jesus urged him to give to the poor, not to Himself. This challenges traditional views of Jesus being a financial beneficiary.

Disciples’ Astonishment

When Jesus emphasized the difficulty for the rich to enter the kingdom of heaven, the disciples were astonished. Their amazement stemmed from their own experiences as fishermen who, after following Jesus, prospered materially. Peter’s concern reflects the tension between wealth and salvation.

Interlude: Musical Reflection

A brief musical break allows us to absorb the profound implications of Jesus’s teachings. Czech singing echoes sentiments of adoration, setting the stage for a deeper exploration of the Christian approach to money.

Jesus as the Source

Returning from the break, we delve into Jesus’s call for believers to view Him as the ultimate source. He urged a holistic commitment—making Him Lord of every aspect, including finances. His instruction to seek the kingdom of God first remains a foundational principle for Christians.

Giver Like Jesus

Jesus’s life exemplifies a giving nature. From laying down His life for salvation to encouraging believers to be givers, Jesus challenges human inclinations towards self-preservation. Trusting God as the ultimate source is key to embracing a lifestyle of generosity.

God’s Ownership

Recognizing God’s ownership of everything, as stated in Psalm 24, prompts a shift in perspective. Believers are reminded that they are heirs with Christ, destined to inherit the entire universe. Understanding this spiritual wealth transforms one’s perception of personal financial status.

Testing God in Finances

While generally discouraged, there’s a unique invitation in Malachi 3 to test God in the area of finances. By tithing and giving offerings, believers can witness God’s blessings pouring out. Personal testimony reinforces the idea that God’s principles, when applied, yield remarkable results.

Breaking Free from Debt

A personal testimony underscores the freedom found in aligning with God’s financial principles. The speaker shares a transformative experience of trusting God amid financial crisis, leading to the eradication of a significant debt. The lesson learned emphasizes God’s desire for believers to be debt-free.

Conclusion: Trusting God with Finances

In concluding this exploration of Christians and money, the central theme remains: trusting God with every aspect of life, including finances. Seeking God first and adopting a giving spirit align believers with God’s perfect will for their lives.

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