Read: “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
Abraham’s story continues in Genesis 14 with an opportunity to amass even more. The king of Sodom offers him a great deal of wealth in exchange for his people, but Abraham adamantly refuses. What was Abraham’s motivation? His faith. People were more important to Abraham than material possessions because his real investment was in his relationship with God, and Abraham believed that his relationship with God yielded a greater return than any amount of money could. Matthew 6:21 says that, “Where your treasure is, there you heart is also.”
Do you know where your treasure is? Are people more important to you than money? Is your hope in your financial security or in the promises of God? Is the way you handle your finances a testimony you’d want to share with others?
Surrendering our finances to God is one way that we can fulfill our purpose and leave a legacy of faith. Like Abraham, believing that God will keep His promises is the first step, but the real evidence of what we believe is found in our actions. Faith is cultivated when we take steps to follow God even when we don’t know what the outcome will be. Then, when God responds to our faithfulness in ways we never imagined, like Abraham, we are equipped to take even bigger steps with greater rewards. So in seasons of plenty and in seasons of want, dare to give freely and make your greatest investment, your relationship with God.
Do: Have a conversation with a trusted family member or friend. Tell them what kind of testimony you think you’re sharing with your finances, and ask them if they see any discrepancies in it. Pray together that God would give you a strong financial testimony.