What if you could ask God any question you wanted about money and get an answer? The truth is, you won’t know until you try. Start with these seven questions, and see where God leads you from there.
The Bible is full of teachings about money, because money tends to wrestle for first place in our hearts. But God knows our hearts, and if we ask Him, He will guide us. Consider all you’ve been given by praying through the questions below.
Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. – Psalm 143:8
7 questions to ask
- What am I holding onto that’s robbing me of present joy and future reward? Am I clinging to something that makes me feel like I don’t have to depend on you as my provider—like I used to before I had so much? Please show me what you want me to release that could restore or strengthen my faith.
- Am I being held in orbit around the mass of treasures I’ve stored up? Have I over-accumulated, and is this stuff the source of my stress? Is it possible you’ve multiplied my assets like the five loaves and two fish, and I’ve stockpiled them instead of distributing them to those who need them?
- How can I be sure that the assets you’ve entrusted to me will serve you after my death? Will those I leave them to—or those they leave them to—use it all for your glory? I want it all to go to your kingdom. Please show me what I need to give now and how to use giving later as a tool for teaching my heirs.
- Once they’ve finished college or are working on their own, how would inheriting wealth (beyond items of special sentimental and heritage value) help my children’s eternal perspective and walk with God? Would it have a corrupting influence on their character, lifestyle, work ethic, or marriage? Help me to discern what is good for them too.
- Am I living to hear others say of me “he’s a great success” or to have you say to me, “Well done, my good and faithful servant?”
- Is there something I should give now because I might not have it to give later?
- I have no choice but to leave money behind when I die, so is it really giving to designate money in my will? Is it wise for me to leave money or assets in my estate? Or is this a form of giving that involves no sacrifice or need for faith? Please help me to avoid robbing you or your kingdom of resources, or myself of joy and reward, by holding until death significant assets I could have given while still alive.
By Randy Alcorn, Eternal Perspective Ministries, www.epm.org. Used with permission.