by Evan Keller
Is wealth a tool or a trap? Well, both. Before we can sharpen it into an effective tool to serve others, we have to ask God to free us from the ways that money entraps our hearts. No surprise: with God it always comes down to the heart. Does how we use wealth reveal worship of God or of self? Who’s at the center of our story? The answers expose our two biggest money problems: pride and idolatry. Those may be our most serious and stubbornly entrenched sins – like insidious garden weeds that seem to spring back as quickly as you pull them out. Pride and idolatry sneakily capture our hearts, replacing God as our go-to for security and fulfillment.
Pride intentionally forgets the source of all abundance. King David admits to God that “wealth and honor come from you” (1 Chronicles 29:12), And pride is only one of many pitfalls of the heart that come with wealth.
How can I guard my heart from its sinful tendencies? I’ve developed this list of reflection questions to help me do just that in the coming months and years. Please join me in using these to see where our hearts are at, discovering in what we are placing our trust and finding our joy.
33 Reflection Questions
Questions to reflect on regularly to direct my heart in God’s ways:
1. Am I possessive of what I have or eager to share it? Do I give away or loan out my most prized possessions?
2. Am I covetous of what I don’t have? (Exodus 20:17)
3. Am I content both in plenty or in want? (Philippians 4:11-13)
4. Do I seek God’s Kingdom first, or is my primary focus on money or the prestige it can bring (Matthew 6:33)?
5. Does God’s Kingdom so enthrall me that I hold possessions loosely (Matthew 13:44)?
6. Am I directing my heart towards God’s values by investing significant “treasure” in God’s priorities (Matthew 6:21)?
7. Do I leverage all I am and have (time, money, possessions, influence, relationships, business, creative energy) to advance God’s Kingdom? Read more