Money is a terrible master, but an excellent servant” – P.T. Barnum
Since the beginning of time, mankind has traded one item of value for another. Over the centuries nomadic people have bartered cattle for grain, swapped goats for sheep, and exchanged figs for olives. Kings have demanded gold, silver, and copper from their subjects to expand kingdoms. In the 7th century B.C., coinage was invented to make this tribute easier for exchange. Today money has become the most common means of exchange in the world.
During the early ministry of Jesus Christ, a teacher came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head” (Matthew 8:18-27). With this response, the Son of Man set the stage for his followers. When he sent the twelve disciples to preach to the Jews, he gave them some unique instructions. Show mercy by healing the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons. Likewise, he told them not to take any money or provisions with them on the journey (Matthew 10:5-16). In response to these speciation’s, they trusted and obeyed.
Which do you prefer, giving or receiving? In today’s modern world, God has blessed us with so many blessings. How shall we account for this wealth (1 Timothy 6:17-19; James 5:1-19)? Shall we sin by trusting in self, or shall we trust in God (Proverbs 18:11-13)? Christian, are you up for the task?
“Down from My home above,
Salvation full and free,
My pardon and My love;
I bring, I bring rich gifts to thee,
What hast thou brought for me?” –Frances Havergal