True Riches: Why Money Matters in Eternity
The things we do with money during our lives can impact our futures long after our time on earth is over.
They say that “you can’t take it with you,” and they’re right — there won’t be anything to buy in Heaven. But that doesn’t mean that money doesn’t matter. in fact, the way we handle money on earth can have eternal consequences. Handle your money wisely now and you can have true riches in eternity.
God wants you to be successful with the financial resources He has given You. After all, prosperity is a fruit of righteousness. And obeying God brings financial blessings. If you follow God wholeheartedly, He teaches you how to succeed.
Though it may seem surprising, the Bible tells us that the way that we handle our money in this life will have eternal implications. tweet this!Most of those lessons speak directly to our human lives. But there’s a lot more to this existence than the lives that we lead here on earth. As Christians, we must always live with eternity in mind. And though it may seem surprising, the Bible tells us that the way that we handle our money in this life will have eternal implications.
A Promise for Eternity
This principle comes out of a parable in Luke 16. The parable can be a little bit difficult to understand; you can read the whole thing here. For now, let’s focus on verses 9-11:
9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?
Let’s unpack this a bit. Does Jesus say we should try to buy friendship? I don’t think so. What he’s saying is that instead of only using our money for things that we need and enjoy, we should make sure that we use some of our resources to bless other people.
Using your money in the right way brings eternal rewards. tweet this!When you use your money to bless other people, you will make friends along the way. But friendship isn’t the end goal. Jesus says that when we bless people with our money, we will be “welcomed into eternal dwellings.” In other words, using our money in the right way brings eternal rewards. Worldly wealth won’t last forever, but the blessings that come from generosity will. The fruit of our financial management will follow us into eternity.
Handling money rightly opens doors for us in this life and the next. It also gives us access to more valuable things. Notice what Jesus says in verse 11: If we are trustworthy in the way that we handle worldly wealth, God will trust us with “true riches.”
This is huge for me. I get caught up in money so easily. Money can seem like the only thing of value in my life. But God doesn’t see it that way at all — from His point of view, money doesn’t have any meaningful value at all. True riches — the riches of His love, His friendship and His freedom — go far beyond the value of money. But the way I handle money will affect the way I enjoy the best of what God has for me.
God wants you to manage your money for His glory. And He says money is a litmus test for our trustworthiness. tweet this!God wants you to prosper. But more than that, He wants you to give Him your heart. God wants you to surrender your financial life to Him. He wants you to manage your money for His glory. And He says money is a litmus test for our trustworthiness and responsibility. If you don’t manage your money the way He asks you too, why would He entrust you with anything else?
If your vision for this life goes beyond money, I applaud you. But let me also encourage you that money is not insignificant. Money may be a small thing, but if you want to move on to greater stewardship, you’re going to have to be faithful in finance.
Do the right thing with your worldly wealth, and God will entrust you with true riches.