The Decision Of The Dollar

I’ve been in possession of a number of $1000 payments and yet can’t recall what I have spent it on.

Acts 22:22-29

Reference: Then the commander said, “I had to pay a lot of money for my citizenship.” “But I was born a citizen,” Paul replied. (Acts 22:28 NIV)

Explore: My teenage daughter loves to shop but is trying very hard at the moment to save money. We were talking the other day about our budgets and she asked me, “If you were suddenly given $1000, what would you do with it?”

Before answering, I could see how excited she would be to have this amount of money. She was already dreaming of new shoes, clothes, linen and many accessories that she could acquire.

Unfortunately, my reality was not as exciting. In fact, I had almost $1000 worth of bills sitting on the bench, ready to be paid for just our household expenses. And in reality, I could look back throughout my life and see that I’ve been in possession of a number of $1000 payments and yet can’t recall what I have spent it on.

But I’m not alone. If I had have given my daughter a $1000 right there and then you can be assured that in 12 months time she would have little recollection of what she had purchased.

Application: Money is an essential part of our existence, however, it slips through our hands so quickly. Has the money you spent 12 months ago significantly impacted your life today? Or the life of someone else?

The commander who questioned Paul admitted that he had to pay a lot of money for his citizenship whereas Paul was born into the powerful nation. Depending on our birthplace, our family upbringing, and our financial capabilities, we all have different conditions. The commander had used his money wisely to achieve this place of power. You can guarantee that there would have been some of his peers who could have done the same, however, they chose to spend their money differently.

Whatever money we receive, it is a choice that we make as to how to spend it. We can be wise and have a lasting impact, or we can easily be foolish and fritter it away.

Prayer: Lord, through the Bible, You give us so much wisdom about money, and yet we often deal with it so badly. Help us not to be bound by our financial position, but use it in a way that brings You glory and makes a difference in people’s lives. Amen.

What kind of impact can you make through your finances?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.