In this final installment about what some comments the Bible makes about money I am going to share how God holds us accountable to what he has given us.
Many of us may not think we will be held accountable with how we handle our stuff, but we will. In the parable of the talents in Matthew 25 Jesus illustrates what this accountability will look like.
First, this is going to be on the test. Do you remember your teacher in school saying, “This will be on the test?” Immediately your attention was focused on what the teacher had to say. This is what Jesus is teaching through the parable. How we handle our stuff will be considered on Judgment Day. Good intentions will not matter on this day, but what we actually did. In the story the 3rd steward had good intentions, but did nothing with what was given him. Many times we have good intentions on giving but we put it off for one reason or another. The point is if you don’t do it now the chances of you doing it later is slim.
Secondly, you can pass the test. We can be found faithful with what God has entrusted us. Money is not a way to buy God’s favor or your way into heaven. How we handle money measures something deeper… our faithfulness and commitment to the things of God above our fleshly desires. We can choose to invest in eternity over the stock market.
Thirdly, you can fail the test. We often think if we have more then we can give more. Statistics show otherwise. According to the National Association of Church Business, those making less than $10,000 a year give more than 5% to charity. Those making $50,000 to $100,000 give 3.2 %, and those that make almost $700,000 give 2.9 %. Why is that? We often think giving a $1 out of t$10 is ok, but giving $10,000 out of $100,000 is a bit much. If you feel that tension then you haven’t settled the issue that everything belongs to God.
The goal is to pass the test before God and hear him say, “Well done good and faithful servant.”
Note: Portions of this content comes from Dave Stone and Kyle Idleman.