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The following entry is by Jocelin Boutet. Jocelin Boutet is a homeschool graduate who grew up learning finances from a young age and now passionately has her own ministry – Standing in YHVH’s Hand Ministries. As well as being a Financial Coach and Trainer, previously serving with Crown Financial Ministries, and Certificate in Biblical Studies, her personal practical experience as well as involvement on a daily basis in Christian finances gives her a unique perspective. Visit Jocelin’s blog, or you can also follow her on Twitter.
We are often quick to say that God owns it all. Many of us can quote Psalm 50:10 from heart – “For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.” As well as Psalm 24:1 “The earth is the LORD’S, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” But do we really live like that let alone truly believe in our heart? That is a question, I would like to explore today.
I believe that our lives can be divided up into three primary areas – time, talents, and treasure.
We each have a limited amount of time in our lives. Psalm 139:16b tells us “all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” It is hard for me when I am young to think of the fact that one day I will grow old and die…or I may die before I reach old age…only God knows that. But am I living each day to its fullest? Am I living each day for the glory of God? Am I living each day for His Kingdom? Am I keeping my priorities straight? All questions we should each ponder on a regular basis and make sure that our lives are reflecting where we say our hearts are – to be in God’s perfect will and surrendered to Him.
We are each given various talents. Those talents are unique to us in that they are given in a unique set with a unique temperament, character, and purpose. God has entrusted those talents to us for His purpose. I can choose to use those talents to gain money and prestige or I can use them to glorify them. I’m not saying that my talents should not gain me money as we all have to live in this world and money is a needed part of that; however, my main goal should not be to gain money (to understand this more, read my article on the purpose of Money) and prestige.
This is where we all put this money and rightly so in many aspects; however, I believe before money should be our family and fellow believers as “treasure.” If I could be poor in the worldly sense, walking by faith, and yet have my family and true believers who are my friends, I would quickly choose that over wealth and no faith, family, or believing friends. Money cannot buy happiness nor can it buy true treasure. In Matthew 19, we see the young man who had all he could have wanted in worldly wealth, yet he did not have salvation in Messiah nor was he willing to give up his wealth in order to gain salvation. Money is a tool that is given to us by God in order to provide for ourselves and our families and to spread His Kingdom. If my heart is surrendered to God, then I will put my treasure where my heart is. Matthew 6:19-20 gives us the challenge of “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.”
So I will leave you with this question – What are you using your time, talents, and treasure for? Are you glorifying God with all your being?