When Zacchaeus met Jesus, he not only experienced forgiveness of his sins but he also experienced a complete change of heart regarding his money. As a hated tax collector Zachhaeus had used his position to extort money and pad his own bank account. His relationship with Jesus brought him to a place of total reconciliation both spiritually and financially.
John 10:10; Luke 19:8-10; Philippians 4:12-13; Proverbs 3:9-10
Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.”Luke 19:8
Far more Christ-followers experience spiritual reconciliation with Jesus Christ than financial reconciliation with him. Perhaps this is why so many sincere Christ-followers have an ongoing tormented and dysfunctional relationship with money. God must be in control of your finances in order for the Holy Spirit’s power to be released in this area of your life.
Does your use of the money and assets God has given you show that you honor him as the source of all you have? Are you a good steward of what God has given you?
Read Phil. 4:12-13. Take a look at your checkbook and spending habits. If you are not living within your means, figure out how to make it happen; get help if needed. Give God the first fruits. It is time to stop shuffling and dragging your feet and take a step toward financial contentment. It’s a spiritual principle (Pr. 3:9-10); it’s not the world’s principle, so don’t over-analyze. Believe.
Dear God, help me get my financial life on track. I want to please you and I want to experience the Holy Spirit’s power in every area of my life. I trust you. I believe your word. Help me take the steps that will put you first in my finances. I want to be content with the provisions you have so graciously given me. I pray in Jesus name. Amen.