40 Days of Increase | Day 11
—by Pastor Don Weeks, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
Finances are a controversial topic. Finances are highly personal. No one would want their bank statements posted online for the world to see. Why not? Because it reveals exactly what is important to us. When we pay for something, it shows what we value; and we usually want to keep that information to ourselves.
Our financial information is readily available to God. Of course He knows how much we value Him. I say the following on the authority of Scripture, through personal testimony, and through general knowledge about our habits as a society: We do not value God enough.
Your daily Practical Task
I would like to talk about for words concerning money today. There are five things we can do with money. We can steal it, waste it, spend it, save it, or invest it. Your task today is to write these five words in your notebook (after your memory verse, Colossians 3:17) and then pause, and take serious thought-time to consider the following five questions.
Question 1.) Am I stealing money from anyone? This is a harsh question to ask, I know. But as one of the ten commandments, God does not worry about offending us. He knows what is in man. Listen to these scalding questions from God Himself:
Malachi 3:8-9 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.  Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
We want to run away from that verse. We want to say something like, but God was speaking to His people, the nation of Israel. We would be better off running toward that verse. We would do well to ponder in our private prayer before God as to whether or not we are stealing from God.
Question 2.) Where am I wasting money? The woman in the Bible who broke the alabaster box of precious ointment and poured it on Jesus was accused of wasting a year’s worth of wages. That’s what the ointment was worth. We can waste our money on frivolous things, but we can never waste it on Christ.
Question 3.) How much am I spending on Jesus? Do you know what the world calls us? The news media doesn’t call us people. They most certainly do not call us souls. We are referred to everyday as consumers. We consume food, gasoline, media and more. Much, much more.
God usually calls us people. In His Word, He often refers to us as souls. But He does know us very well. He too, at times, calls us consumers. He knows our tendency to spend money on ourselves in a bad way. He warns us, and even protects us. We ask God for things we do not need, so He withholds these things from us.
James 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Question 4.) How are my savings doing in my heavenly bank account? It is wise to save money. Save it for a rainy day. That is sound financial advice. Do not, however, save too much money for too long. Remember, you cannot take it with you.
1 Timothy 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
Allow these words of Christ to direct you further.
Matthew 6:19-20 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Question 5.) Am I investing in the kingdom of God? That heavenly bank account thing…it’s real. We have an account that can be funded as surely as a Roth IRA. Strike that – it’s more sure. Infinitely more secure! The government can and will rewrite the rules on access to our money. The FDIC cannot possibly cover all they have supposedly insured.
Your salvation in Christ is the ultimate insurance policy. Your real money invested in Christ translates into treasure you will one day lay at HIs feet. Can our earthly money be converted into a spiritual transaction? The Apostle Paul talks about this conversion of funds from the earthly to the heavenly. It’s not mythical or magical. It is not a scheme. We are stewards of the goods with which God has entrusted to us, and they are to be used for His glory.
When the believers at Philippi gave love offerings to Paul, he said,
Philippians 4:17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.
May Christ abound in our finances both in heaven and on earth. All glory to God.
HE MUST INCREASE