MONEY AND GODLY VALUES

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things”.
Philippians 4:8 NIV

Looking at how God designed us, we clearly see His wisdom in creating us to be creatures of value. It is in this light that we see what He values, and how much He values us by coming down as a man to be the ransom for all our sins. God made us His priority and just like our Father, our values should be seen in our priorities, beliefs, and views, thus affecting the way we act and make decisions.

From our anchor scripture, we see Paul’s letter to the church in Philippians, admonishing them to value things that are godly, right, and noble. A person who values integrity over anything will act differently compared to a person who values money and material things more than integrity. We act and react based on our values.

Therefore, it is crucial to conclude that when it comes to money and material things, godly values should not be compromised. As much as God wants us to be rich, He doesn’t want our life to be defined by the riches of the world, instead, our lives should be defined by what God says about us via the word (Luke 12:15).

As believers, we must not compromise our godly values for riches. We must stand firm on what is noble, right, pure, lovely, and honourable in the sight of God. The life of a believer is that which cherishes godly values in a world that cherishes only worldly values. We must not trade-off our integrity for wealth.

Like the word says:
“Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich.” – Proverbs 28:6 NKJV

In Matthew 19:16-22, we read of a rich young man who compromised earthly riches for eternal inheritance. He couldn’t see himself giving up his great possessions to follow Jesus. As believers, we should look beyond earthly riches and not compromise our values and standards. We must see money for what it is and only treat it as such. We must not be like the rich young man.

Listen, God wants us to be people of integrity in our financial dealings. No matter what we go through in life, our dealings with money should be pure and noble according to the standard of God’s word; Never compromise your godly values for money.

Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 7:1-10, Philippians 4:14-23, Psalm 122, 2 Kings 24-25

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