'Your wages disappear... in pockets filled with holes!' Haggai 1:6 NLT
Haggai, a prophet in the Old Testament, lived at a time when the Israelites had become so obsessed with getting rich, they’d forgotten about God. Haggai prophetically chastised them about how they’d spent everything investing in their own ‘panelled houses’ while God’s house lay in ruins.
He was right, of course: if we belong to Him, and all we have has come from and belongs to Him, then what right have we to decide how our money is used? After all, if someone came along and randomly stuck $100 in your hand, the first thing you would ask is: ‘What’s this for’?
But how about this for an even more radical principle: each time you receive any money, be it wages or anything else, ask God: ‘What’s this for?’ and figure out what He might want. Life will certainly get a whole lot more interesting! A lot of Christians stick to a principle called the ‘tithe’—in other words, setting aside the first 10 per cent of everything you earn and giving it to God. That puts Him first, it shows that we’re not forgetting Him and that His plans for healing this broken world are important to us too. Try out the ‘what’s this for?’ principle. Next time you receive ‘unassigned’ money (e.g. you’ve not been told by your mum ‘this is for new shoes’), don’t do anything with it until you’ve asked God precisely what it’s for. (Oh, and remember, this is still the God who wants YOU to be looked after, too!)
SoulFood: Rev 15-18, Matt 19:13-19, Ps 136:13-26, Pro 6:32-35
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