Discipleship is important. It seems like more and more churches are taking this topic seriously and I’m hearing about it from a lot of people I trust.
But are we missing something when we discuss discipleship? There are 2,350 verses about money and possessions in the Bible. Jesus gave thirty-eight parables and sixteen of them were about money and possessions. Should we be including money and possessions when we are making disciples?
When Jesus gave the Great Commission, He stated:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…..teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19 & 28:20a).
The Great Commission is so Great, as we know, because it was one of the last things Jesus said.
Can a person be a true disciple of Christ if the money and possessions with which they are entrusted are handled in a way that is outside of what the Bible teaches?
I believe we are missing something, something GREAT, if we handle money in a manner that is more in line with what we want than what King Jesus wants.
In the past, I never considered what God would have me do with my money. I can correlate, almost to the day, when Nicole and I started tithing to experiencing more joy in our lives. Then more joy came when we gave over and above the tithe. We started to be financially discipled by a fellow Certified Kingdom Advisor, Kalvin Sid, and budget coached by Brenda Haley. We started holding loosely what God had entrusted to us.
We were made into financial disciples and our lives have never been the same. How we view and handle the cash God has entrusted to us was turned right side up.
What do you think about the idea of making financial disciples?
“If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area of his life.”