We turn aside in this blog to address a problem that seems to be universal in the church – MONEY! It is not that there is a lack of money for doing the Lord’s work, it is that we have placed money on the same level of importance as Scripture and the Holy Spirit. Let me clarify that statement. Many believe that without money, the work of God cannot move forward. Let’s look at a couple of examples where money was not needed to do God’s work.
· “And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”” (Acts 3:4–6).
· “Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, saying, “Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!” (Acts 8:18–20).
Notice that in both cases, the power of Jesus and receiving the Holy Spirit were without money. The main ingredient in doing God’s work is a vital relationship with the Lord and the Holy Spirit. Neither require money or possessions. They require the kind of relationship that sees our total sufficiency in Christ. Of course, God uses money, but it should never be the motive for doing the will of God nor the obstacle for not doing His work. It was never the reason or motive for Paul’s ministry, and it should never be ours.
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