How to Live Missionally With Your Money

by Jason on June 24, 2010

Last week I talked about What It Means to Live Missionally With Your Money.

In that post we defined Missional Living as viewing our whole life through the lens of God’s mission of redemption, restoration and reconciliation.

We seek God’s mission at work, during play, in our neighborhoods, at the campus, in meetings, and with our families.

Instead of compartmentalizing our faith and thinking of it as something we only do on weekends, we need to realize that our faith in Jesus is the very fabric of our being – in other words, it is who we are and we should live that out in all areas.

That includes how we handle our money.

We should be asking, “How would God have me handle my money to best reflect His mission?”

Here’s an example.  Instead of viewing our jobs as just a way to earn a living and get ahead in life – let’s think radically different!

Ephesians 4:28 says:

Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with those in need.

Work is no longer about achieving the American Dream – it is about earning a living so that we can share with those in need.

We become “conduits of grace” as John Piper calls it.

So how do we live missionally with our money?  We can sum it up through two concepts – Open Hearts and Open Hands.

Open Hearts

This comes as no shock, but God has a heart for the poor.  He cares for the weak, the marginalized, the disenfranchised, the one on the outskirts of life.

In fact, there are over 2,100 verses in the Bible that talks about God’s heart for the poor. 2100!

We need to let the gospel transform our hearts so we have a heart like God’s and not like the world, which seeks after earthly goods.

What stops us from having that open heart that God has for the poor?

Luke 12:13-34 points out two areas:  Greed and Worry.

Greed s killing our ability to have God’s heart for the poor.

Worry is killing our ability to be generous to those who are truly in need.

Our desire for and anxiety over our trinkets robs us of a heart for the poor and robs us of our joy!

When we get to the end and we stand before God on that last day, will we be glad that we built up $2 million dollars in our retirement account or are we going to wish we would’ve given lavishly to those in need!?

Who is called to help the poor, weak and marginalized?  I can tell you right now that it is NOT the government!

The Church (institutionally and individually) is called to care for them!

We need to develop an open heart  like God has for those in need around us.

Open Hands

Generosity should be the mark of every Christian!

We should not clutch so tightly to anything in this world, but should be willing to have a loose grip on all our possessions!

Why?  So we can give to others.

Luke 12:33 says,

Sell your possessions, and give to the needy.

Have you ever thought about just selling something so you can give?

Why is it that God has such a heart for the poor and the marginalized and our hearts are so not for the poor and needy.

Some of us can’t live with open hands because we’re so loaded with debt!  It’s killing our ability to seek the kingdom and live with loose grips on our possessions.   We love our trinkets more than we love God and others.

We need to detach ourselves and learn how to live with open hands and we need to live with open hearts.

Look to the One Who Lived With Open Hands and an Open Heart

The only way to strip ourselves from our own selfishness and start living missionally with our money is to reorient ourselves back to the gospel!

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. 2 Cor. 8:9

God opened up His heart and sent His only Son to live the life you never could, He wanted to rescue you from your path of destruction and wanted to give you hope and a future.

And Jesus opened wide His hands and took the nails for you so that you didn’t have to die the death that you deserved!

This is the gospel, this is the good news!  This is God’s open heart and His open hands for you.

If we really believed the gospel and saw the absolute treasure that Jesus Christ is – we’d be willing to give up everything to know Him more and live missionally so others may know Him too!

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