Yesterday my husband and I met with a financial consultant to go over what we are currently doing and what we could be doing with our finances. When it comes to planning for retirement, investing and life insurance I am tempted to back down and do nothing claiming that “God will provide”. He sure will, but we need to be responsible as well. Jesus warns us , to “not store up for yourselves treasures on earth”, I could use that to back down from investing. But then Jesus also shares in the parable of the talents where the servant who buried the money to protect it was cursed for being so foolish – “you could have at least put it in the bank so it could collect interest!”. Although this parable is deeper than that, it still identifies this method as being foolish.

                I was then reminded of the church in Thessalonica, to whom Paul wrote two letters. They were expecting Jesus to come back so soon that they stopped working and just waited. Sort of the same way that some people expecting the world to end May 21,2011 and had sold their houses and belongings. That seems foolish, because whether you have property or not when Jesus returns makes no difference, it’s worthless. So Paul addresses this issue again in 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 telling Christians to stay away from believers that live idle lives. And directly to the offenders in verses 11-12 saying, “Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business. We command such people and urge them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and work to earn their own living.”

                It is part of being a good steward to earn a living in a wise way and to be generous with others. To not live for money, but with money.