Friday, May 18, 2012

Money Truths Can Teach Us About Spiritual Truths

One of the wonders of God’s creation is that there is much logic and order in the universe. There is cause and effect—we understand that when certain things happen (cause), they will have a predictable, expected outcome (effect). This is true in nature (science), and it is true in relationships (ask psychologists and sociologists). It is also true in the financial or economic realm, and even in the spiritual realm.

While we might question this, if we think about it, it makes sense.

The same God who created this orderly universe has created us as spiritual beings, and there is an order to the spiritual life God offers. Jesus said things like, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8.31-32).

That has been my experience over and over: when I continue to study God’s Word, and follow it (apply it to my daily life), then the truth God reveals to me sets me free—it empowers me—to live with integrity and faithfulness as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Many truths are “transferable.” This means they don’t just apply to nature or to finance, but also to relationships—our relationships with each other (social), and our relationship with God (spiritual).

For example, Jesus talks about investing: he tells the parable about a master entrusting some of his wealth to several servants. The ones who invested his wealth and multiplied it were commended; but that servant who buried the wealth in the ground and gained nothing was severely admonished.

This is also true of our spiritual life. If we invest what God has given us—through prayer, through worship, through scripture study, through serving—we will multiply our spiritual life; we will grow. If we never make the effort in any of these areas, we stagnate and die spiritually; we’re of no use to God and his kingdom.

How are you investing what God has entrusted to you? Join us for worship this Sunday and learn more about investing what God has entrusted to you—your treasure, your time, and your talents—for things that really matter.

Because cause and effect are a reality in every area of life. You reap what you sow.

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Pastor Mike McInnis