By Charles Stanley, Christian Post Contributor
December 5, 2012|8:06 am

1 Timothy 6:17-19

Money plays a huge role in our existence. In fact, it's impossible to live without it. How would we purchase food, shelter, and clothing? But it's more than just a means for acquiring necessities. The quest for wealth has dominated mankind's history. Wars have been fought over it, lives have been ruined by it, and people have died for lack of it. To gain a proper perspective of money, Christians must understand what the Lord thinks about it.

God is the source. Everything originates from the Creator and, therefore, belongs to Him (Ps. 24:1). This means we are merely stewards of the wealth He's entrusted to us. Even if we work for it, He's the one who has given us the opportunity and capabilities to earn it.

The Lord uses money for His purposes. We can't separate our finances from our Christianity. God doesn't provide money for just our physical needs; He uses it to transform us spiritually. In times of need, He trains us to rely upon Him and proves Himself faithful by providing. Wealth is also a tool He uses to teach us self-discipline. Instead of indulging our desires, we learn to seek His will and be content with what we have. In addition, the Lord uses money to train us to be generous and unselfish.

Take a dollar bill from your wallet and look at it-that piece of paper is a powerful instrument in the Lord's hand when you give Him authority over it and cooperate with His spiritual transformation program. When you see a dollar, be reminded that what you do with it reveals your character.

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