True Wealth

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The Parable of the Rich Fool, Rembrandt, 1627.

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Money is a powerful force. We work for it, save it, spend it, use it to satisfy our earthly longings and then wish we had more. I believe Jesus was aware of its distracting danger as He taught more about money than any other topic. As far as I know, He never took an offering for Himself. I think it’s clear that He didn’t teach about giving to fill His own pockets. Instead, Jesus warned us that trusting in wealth and using it to gain power clogs our spiritual arteries more readily than most other impediments to spiritual development. In telling the story of the “rich fool” (Luke 12:13-21), He shamed His listeners for not being rich toward God, indicating that God has a far different definition of wealth than most of us.

 

So what does it mean to be rich towards God? Paul tells us that those who are rich should not be conceited about their wealth, “nor to trust in uncertain riches” (1 Tim. 6:17). Rather, we are to “be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share” (v. 18).

 

I think that’s interesting! God measures wealth by the quality of our lives and our generous disbursement of wealth to bless others. That’s not exactly Wall Street insider talk, but great advice for those of us who think that our security and reputation are tied up in the size of our bank account.

 

Are you using your business to build “true wealth”? Is your business “rich in good works, ready to give and willing to share”? Focusing your business on building true wealth is an essential part of business prosperity. If you would like to learn more about how you can transform you business using the Bible as your guide, email me at info@commonsensecfo.com.

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Be a Good Steward

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In our capitalist society, it is inevitable that money will flow in mass quantities toward what we value. For a moment, consider the highest paid people in our country. Are actors and athletes really the most important people in our society? What does this say about where our hearts are today?

In Luke 16: 1-12, Jesus asks the listener to identify with the shrewd manager while our Heavenly Father is depicted by the rich man. I believe the importance of the analogy is that the manager owns none of the resources in question: the rich man owned it all and had placed it under the manager’s care. The manager had betrayed his position of trust by “wasting” the rich man’s possessions and, in verse 2, was called upon to “

give an account of his management.” The manager reacted by using his lame duck position to create some goodwill for himself using the rich man’s accounts receivable. Biblical scholars disagree as to whether the manager’s acts of discontinuing the accounts represented simple dishonesty or making amends for past overcharges or perhaps reversing greedy interest charges.

It is clear from verse 8 that the acts were “dishonest.” So why did the rich man commend these unscrupulous acts? I believe the answer lies in verse 9 where Jesus explains God’s economy and His expectations of our stewardship of His resources. Jesus told the listeners to “use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” We will be called to give an account of our stewardship when we stand before our Heavenly Father. That is the day when our worldly wealth will be gone. When John D. Rockefeller’s accountant was asked how much Rockefeller had left behind when he died, he answered, “All of it.” And so it will be with us.

John D. Rockefeller 1885

God wants us to use the assets He has entrusted to us to invest in the kingdom of God and in others. Wasting His resources on our own temporal pursuits will not pass without an audit. Further, we read in verse 11 that if we are untrustworthy in trivial matters such as money, how can God bless us with “true riches” which are spiritual. I encourage you to find out what your Heavenly Master requires of you regarding the stewardship of His earthly resources and be faithful to His call. For only then can God trust you with the treasure that is His presence.

Some questions to meditate on:

  • How are God’s resources being wasted today (in the world and in your business)?
  • What has God called you to do with the assets (personal and business) He has entrusted to your care?

Being a good steward is essential for business prosperity. If you would like to discuss more about being a good steward with your business, or how a part-time, virtual CFO can help transform your business using the Bible as our guide, email me at info@commonsensecfo.com or call Kirk at 402-658-7340.

God created it all: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1 (NKJV)

God owns it all: The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it. Psalms 24:1 (NASB)

We are trustees of what He give us: Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2 (NLT)

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