Well, of course it does. What an obvious title for this column. It matters a great deal in fact. Without it, we can’t buy food or medicine or clothing or pay our mortgage or rent or utility bills. Of course it matters.
But for some, it matters far too much. It is something that supplies us with more than life’s necessities. It provides us with security and with status and with self-worth.
There is a balance we must strike in our relationship to money. If we are irresponsible and place too little emphasis on it, we may find ourselves homeless and on the street.
But if we place too much emphasis on it, we find ourselves in the position of worshiping money as an idol. Those are extremes, I’ll grant you. But they are both real dangers that some face.
Our money matters. It matters on earth, of course. But did you know that your money also matters… in eternity? Our ability to be generous with what God entrusts to us to manage (“stewardship”) makes an eternal difference.
Author Randy Alcorn wrote,
Giving is a giant lever positioned on the fulcrum of this world, allowing us to move mountains in the next world. Because we give, eternity will be different—for others as well as for us.
I don’t know what that statement does to you, but it is exciting to me to think that I hold in my hand that which could leverage eternity for someone. May God help us to always be ready to see the resources He entrusts us with on earth leveraged for eternal use!
Money does matter.