Cold Cash

Cold Cash: Money, what’s the deal?

By Ben Mwine:

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love; love for money. Well that's the reality of the world we seem to be living in right now.

You probably already know that Jesus talked more about money than he did about anything else. That's how much of big deal money is, or rather shouldn't be but we don't seem to get it. It is practically impossible to go through a day without thinking about, worrying about, looking for or spending money in one form or another.

I've been planning to pen some sort of series about faith, hope and money and how they intertwine. So you may consider this a preview of sorts.

A number of questions have been running through my mind regarding money. How much is enough? Does having a lot of money change people? How and why? What is it with men being insecure when they are broke? Is it possible to be rich and humble at the same time? What's the relationship between love and money? Is it really possible to get the former without the latter? Is it possible to be truly happy without money? If so how come no one is preaching that? How does the congregation of a church in Uganda of all places manage to give an offering of $1 million in the space of a few weeks?

What questions do you have about money and life? I'd like to hear your thoughts.

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  • kathy

    I believe that one can have both love and happiness without money, that is if their priorities are right side up. In the first part of this series you did hint that
    the big deal here is being grounded in the foundational truths of Christianity. Many seemingly nice average christians have turned out robbers after getting into big positions, think about those husbands that leave their wives after amassing wealth together. Money does change people, however there people that are humble yet they have lots of assets to their names. At the end of the day its about where we grew up, who grew us and the values we hold. The people that value money above everything else put it above everything including their families, friends and unashamedly God who owns everything down here.
    Ummh !! shaking my head and wondering whether our generation is redeemable.

  • There is no doubt that we all need money. There is a lot that you can do with money that you will not do without it. Needless to say, as Christians we should not allow ourselves to be carried away by money. It should not govern our lives and dictate to us when to be happy and when not to be happy.Paul writing to the Philippians says he learned the secret of being content in all situations.
    “Philippians 4:10-13 How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn't have the chance to help me. 11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ,[c] who gives me strength.”
    In this life we all desire to have lots of things. However we are aware that there will be times when we may have to do without or make sacrifices because of whatever circumstances we come up against. So what is it that sustains you in the rough times? What is it that carries you through the good times? Paul discovered the secret and was able to live a life of
    contentment either way. Can we learn from him?