by Jeff Brodie, Lead Pastor, Connexus Church
Welcome to Day 16 of the 24 Day Devotion. So glad you’re joining us! Each day for 24 days as a church, we’re going to read one chapter of the Gospel of Luke and post a devotion on it.
If you’ve never read the Bible, we’re so glad you’re joining us. And if you read the Bible, we hope this helps you grow in your faith.
Need to catch up? Start at Luke 1 – Is The New Testament A Lie? and follow along. Today’s devotion is below.
READ Luke 16
Is it wrong to want to make a lot of money? Our society definitely has a fascination with accumulating wealth. From home renovation channels to motorcycles to clothes to RV vacations, accumulation is all around us.
Is it wrong to make money? Is it wrong to want to buy things for yourself?
No matter your income, I think the question this chapter is asking is something deeper…
What primarily motivates you when it comes to your finances?
What is the first question you are asking when it comes to money these days?
How can I position myself to buy that fishing boat?
How can I get us enough money to pay the bills?
How can I get the money or credit to take that vacation?
How can I get us enough cash so that I can upgrade my car, my phone, my kitchen?
How can I position us to upgrade our house or buy a cottage?
When I read Luke 16, I’m challenged to look at what motivates me when it comes to money. When it comes to my income, it seems that Jesus is saying that the first question I should be asking is…
How do I position myself to be as generous as possible?
No matter what the size of my family’s income, this is what should be the first thing that motivates me as we plan financially. Jesus is saying that we need to manage our money well so that we can leverage it to grow in generosity towards those around us – Not just for them, but for ourselves.
Money is a tool God has given us to help us grow a generous heart.
Am I managing that tool to reach this intended goal?
Here’s what this chapter pushes me to think about.
Am I positioning myself financially to be as generous as I can be so that God can change me, and others around me.
Am I positioning myself around my own wants and choosing generosity if I can “afford it”?
Money is a tool to help me grow a generous heart.
This week, as you reflect on your own finances and financial goals, what would happen if you chose to create the financial margin to make generosity your primary goal in how you manage your money.
God help me to understand how I can manage my finances in a way that cultivates generosity in my heart.