If you needed to go behind enemy lines during a battle, would you pick someone with no experience or someone that had been tested and trained?
I think we would all be ridiculous not to choose the person that had been adequately tested and trained. God is no different. He wants to bless you and work through you, but He needs to know you can handle it first.
If you want to be able to give more, you better know how to pass the money test.
In Joshua 6:19 (NIV), we see God giving the Israelites very specific instructions regarding what to do with the spoils of the battle of Jericho, the wealth of the city. “All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the Lord and must go into his treasury.” However, a man named Achan went against this command and kept some of treasures for himself. When God told Joshua that the reason they lost the Battle of Ai was because there was sin in the camp, Joshua confronted Achan.
Achan replied, “It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. This is what I have done: When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath” (Joshua 7:20-21, NIV)
Just because you have money doesn’t mean it’s yours.
God has an agenda and he needs you to fund it.
Achan misunderstood the purpose of the wealth that he touched when he took it for himself rather than giving it to the Lord.
You pass the money test by discerning the purpose of the money you touch.
Second Corinthians 9:10 says, “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.”
Who supplies the seed? God does. Whose seed is it? God’s seed.
You must have the proper perspective that seed is not only for satisfying your needs and desires, but more importantly for enlarging the harvest. God increases your store of seed to increase his impact in the earth.
The treasure was not for Achan. In fact, it would have been better for Achan to stay in Egypt as a slave because when they found out he stole from the Lord, they stoned he and his whole family. He was not mature enough to handle what the Israelites had been given, and the consequences were serious.
God says he will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can handle (1 Corinthians 10:13). We could also say that God will not prosper you beyond what you can handle. Prosperity will destroy you if you don’t view it in the right mindset. Just look to our wealthiest icons in popular culture!
Christians often get this backward and think God will bless them with billions by next week. He’s smarter than that, and He loves you more than that. Money is dangerous, and those that don’t use it according to Kingdom principles suffer huge consequences. Just look at the story of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11). They lied about the amount of money they sold a piece of land for and both died as a result. It would have been better for them if they had never even owned the land.
God is your father and he wants to train you to handle money properly and view it in the correct mindset. We’ve all been trained by the world to hoard for our protection and security. But God has commanded us to put our hope in Him and give to those in need so that we may experience what life is really about (1 Timothy 6:17-19).
All of us are at a different point in the process. Some of us are being tested with hundreds of dollars and some of us are being tested with millions. The test doesn’t get any easier, the number just changes.
We all have that point that makes us say, You want me to give what?!? It may not be hard to give $5 or $10 without batting an eye, but when God says to give $10,000, you might choke.
What’s your number—what number would make you choke right now if God asked you to give it?
You can’t be trusted past that number. If $10,000 makes you choke, you can’t handle $10,000. It’s a trust issue at that point.
When you don’t trust God to provide, He can’t trust you. As we loosen our grasp on what was already God’s to begin with, we allow Him to trust us with more.
If you want to pass the money test, you must discern the purpose of your money, which is not necessarily for you. As you sow it with God’s intent, he will keep giving you more so you can give more.
Your life can be completely changed by living out these principles. Start growing your number today.
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