For a number of years I worked with YWAM, Youth With A Mission. One of the key aspects of YWAM is that in theory nobody gets paid. They believe that people working with them should be supported financially through individuals who through giving and praying share in the ministry. They also are very big on trusting God to provide.
While some people struggle with the idea that one stays and another goes, the idea of trusting God to provide should be part of every believers walk.
Money is a funny thing. It is part of the original creation. In Genesis 2:11-12 we read about the high quality gold in Havilah. Havilah is downstream from the Garden of Eden. The gold isn’t in the garden. The garden is the place where humanity was created to live and work and fellowship with God. Money, or gold, wasn’t a part of that life.
Today, for most of us, money is a necessity. It is an intricate part of our lives. Jesus teaches us that the way we use money is important. In the parable of the dishonest manager (see Luke 16:1-13) he teaches that the way we use money is important.
Jesus also teaches for us not to serve money (Mat 6:24) and not to seek money but rather the kingdom of God (Mat 6:33). One person Jesus praises highly is an old widow who gives all her money away (Lk 21:1-3). I believe this is because it shows an example of someone completely trusting God – just as we were supposed to live in the garden.
It leaves me wondering how much faith I have in money and how much I have in God. Do I let the bank account make major decisions? Or do I look to what God wants me to do? How wisely am I using money in dealing with those around? We can’t buy God’s favour but am I making eternal ‘purchases’ with my money (LK 16:9), especially to the least of Jesus’ family (Mat 25:40)?