How to use money to worship Jesus - Part 2
Loving Jesus with Your Money
Jesus defined discipleship through four profiles in Luke 14:25-33. A disciple loves Jesus most, dies to self, follows after Jesus and gives up everything. As we begin thinking about money through this framework, let’s consider how our money can become the currency of worship.
Jesus spoke plenty about money. Some scholars claim the only subject he spoke more about was the Kingdom of God. From Jesus’ perspective, it wasn’t that money itself was so important. Instead, Jesus taught that money revealed the heart of a person. The heart condition of people was critical to Jesus. He said it this way, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21, ESV). The way we spend and store money unveils what we really love.
Money is a currency of worship. We worship with our money. And we can also worship money itself. Again, the words of Jesus, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” (Matthew 6:24, ESV).
There was one man in particular who worshipped his money yet wanted to follow Jesus. After a brief interchange in which the man claimed to be righteous, Jesus calls him out, “When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” (Luke 18:22, ESV).
In the verses that followed, Jesus’ disciples thought he was being harsh towards the rich and self-righteous young man. I completely disagree. Jesus was being kind and generous. He offered the rich young man a deal he shouldn’t refuse. Jesus called the man to give up the worthless worship of possessions in exchange for the priceless gift of worshipping God. And even today, Jesus offers us the very same gift.
Take a look at your spending patterns. The way you use money unveils your heart’s desires. We all worship with our money. The question is who or what do we worship? I invite you to worship Jesus with your money. If you haven’t begun a pattern of giving to Jesus’ community, the church, start today. Pray about how much you’d like to give then give online or through our Sunday gatherings. If you are already giving, consider giving more. We can always grow as worshippers of Jesus. This is good news because our joy grows in proportion to our generosity.