James H. Willis, III
Founder and President
The Willis Agency, Inc
1 Peter 5:7
God is using money to test you. He does not just automatically give his blessings to anybody; he tests you first to see if you are responsible and if he can trust you with material possessions; then he can trust you with spiritual power. But, if you are not managing your money well, why in the world should he give you stuff that really matters? (Luke 16:11)
Finances are God’s favorite tool to test you. He is using your money to test several things.
Money Shows What You Love Most
If you really want to know what is important to you, look at your calendar and your credit card statement, because how you spend your time and money tells others what you love the most. Matthew 6:19-21 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth… store your treasures in Heaven, for where your treasure is there will be your heart also.”
Money Shows What You Trust Most
Do you trust in your money for security? Or do you trust God? Do you trust in your happiness, or do you trust in God for your happiness? Do you trust in money to make you feel good about yourself or do you trust in God to make you feel good about yourself? Money is the acid test of faith. Proverbs 11:28 – “Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.”
Money Shows If God Can Trust You
Money doesn’t just show if you trust God, it also shows if God can trust you.
Luke 16: 10-12 – “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones, but if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should you be trusted with things of your own?”
How we handle money determines how much God can bless our life. It reveals our character, which is why so many people do not like to have the conversation or sermon. Another great passage to look up is 2 Corinthians 9:6-9 “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So, let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: ‘He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.’”
I have completely trusted Him with my finances for over 30 years.
Happy in Him,