Are you investing in the right place?
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal …
Matthew 6:19 (ESV)
An elderly Chinese woman managed to accumulate a savings of 100,000 yuan—the equivalent of about $15,600. Quite impressive, considering the average annual family income in China is less than $5,000. But when the woman retrieved the money to pay for her son’s wedding, she was in for a sad surprise. Four years earlier, the South China Morning Post recently reported, she had placed the money in a plastic bag, which in turn was put in a metal box and then buried under her kitchen floor. When she dug up her treasure, the bank notes were decomposed … reduced to a worthless clump.
A foolish place to put your money, you might say. But if your true “treasures” are anywhere on earth, they will meet with the same fate, sooner or later. That’s why it’s essential that you see yourself as a steward of your financial resources, not an owner. As a child of the King, you are managing His wealth, not your own. It’s important for you to model sound money management principles for your family, but it’s infinitely more important that you model biblical, Christ-like generosity. Only what you do for the benefit of heaven will last forever.
Today’s ONE THING
As a family, choose to give a gift to someone in need and together, take the time to thank God for the privilege of giving.
2 Corinthians 8:1-8; Matthew 25:31-45