Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. Luke 10:4
Today’s scripture is another scripture on dependence. Let us not confuse what the message says with what it does not say. You see I want to touch on money and things today. Instantly we are split down the middle. Half of you will say, “Root of all evil” and half of you will say, “ The blessings of the Lord make one rich…”
Both sides are right and both sides are wrong. It depends where our focus is aimed at. You see, in today’s verse, as Jesus was sending out the seventy, He wasn’t saying that there won’t be costs involved. He wasn’t saying that there won’t be resources required. What He was saying is let God be your source.
If you are called to do something by God then He will find a way to finance and resource it. Yes, it may be through your own efforts, however, even if the money is earned by your hands, it is still God’s money. That is the point of today’s scripture.
He was specifically saying to the seventy take nothing. Not because they were to have nothing but because just as the miracles would come from the hand of the Father, so Jesus wanted them to see the provision come so obviously from Him too. He was setting a scene and a prototype that we could follow.
Another reason that Jesus said take nothing is because He knew that along the way others would want to bless His disciples. There is a phrase, “It’s better to give than to receive.” Let me ask you a question today. Isn’t this true? Doesn’t it always feel nicer when you can help someone else out? When you can bless them with time, money or a gift.
You see the gift blesses both the giver and the receiver. God set it up that way to help us to be more generous. The problem comes when we forget that He is our source. We get so caught up in our own skill set, earning capabilities, welfare cheques, etc that we forget it isn’t our employer who pays us. It isn’t the government. It is God.
When we focus on His provision then all of a sudden we realise that we can just bless others. The more we bless the more we are blessed. The more we learn to rely on Him and not ourselves.
Do you not think that one or two of the seventy could have self funded? Maybe one of them could have paid for the whole mission trip. But no, that is not God’s way. He called them so He would provide for them .
Let’s relax a little bit. Let’s focus on the One who has called us and know that if we are facing something today, He is the source of our provision. If you are called to speak to your neighbour, your colleagues, a country over the other side of the world, whatever it is, He will provide you with what you need.
Yes, sometimes through your own labours but often times through the hands of another. How often have I heard of someone who has saved for a project only to give the money away almost as they have got the right amount because God has told them to, only to be given the money from somewhere else for their project. The answer is lots!
So, the message from today… See God as your source, don’t fret over your finances, resources, gifts and talents. If God has called and sent you then He will provide for you. If you hear of someone stepping out, ask God whether you should be resourcing them.
As to the money is good or bad argument. As I said you are both right. The love of money is the root of all evil. If you want it for its own sake then you are in a bad place. However, the blessings of the Lord make one rich and He adds no sorrow to them. In other words, if you are an open conduit, sharing God’s blessings and provisions to all who need them, your source will never dry up and you will always have more than enough for you and for those you are blessing.
That’s it. Please note, there is no offering link, no money request. So often people get upset when you discuss money assuming that you are after it. No! I teach healing because I want you healthy. I will teach finance because I want you prosperous. Just consider today, who is your source, how are you using His resources and what can you do to be a better steward?
Now go on, off you go, on to the road and spread the good news of the Kingdom!
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