Making $ense out of Money

Like it or not, all of us need money.

We need money to meet our personal or family needs, to run a business, to fund a humanitarian project and even our missions work.

Clearly, money is not merely an ethereal felt need. It is a real need. And whether poor or rich, there is no denying that everyone needs money.

Though not life’s most important need, it’s significance should not be taken lightly.

More about money

Money originated as a commodity; it is a medium of exchange and a means to an end.

The truth about money is that it is inanimate; neither good or bad. In other words, it is morally neutral.

Money takes on the character of the person who owns it and controls it. It amplifies what is in the heart of the owner.

A car in the hands of a responsible and careful driver would make it a good mode of transportation, but in the hands of a reckless and drunk driver, the car becomes a mode of destruction endangering lives.

Similarly, a rifle in the hands of a soldier is a tool for security, but placed in the hands of a terrorist, it becomes a deadly tool of terror and evil.

In other words, whether money is branded evil or good is determined by who owns it and how it is used.

Creating money to do more

Imagine with me- “What if most of the existing wealth or money in the world were in the hands of God-fearing people?”

Think about the ease churches would have in sending out missionaries to other countries or the readiness to set up businesses to create employment for the needy or what about just feeding the poor and hungry. The list goes on and on.

Take 48-year-old Mr. Petrus Carstens as an example. His desire to truly make a difference with ordinary lives convinced him to make a drastic decision to become a full-time investor over his pastoring duties for a 4,500 strong church in South Africa.

According to the Sunday Times’ (dated 16 May 2010) article- “Ex-pastor turns evangelist of wealth”, Mr. Carstens was a pastor in South Africa for 15 years till 2002. But later, he realised that besides praying for the poor, he could actually do more by creating wealth to better and further help the people.

“I want to use this money (generating from his investments) for economic empowerment programmes in the developing world,” said Mr. Carstens who has successfully built up an asset base exceeding US$2.4 million within two years since he started investing in 2004 and currently owns 10 companies.

I believe there are many other Christians like Mr. Carstens that are stepping up for the Church into the marketplace in reaching its rightful potential as the Head and not the tail.

God is never opposed to us prospering or getting rich, it is only the wrongful attitude towards handling and using money that He condemns.

With a kingdom mentality and an understanding of the role of money in view of God’s perspective as a means to an end and resource to make a real sustainable impact, we ought to be bold to seek the Lord in prospering us for the sake of the gospel and the many lives that we can potentially be a blessing to.