Ep. 126 | How To Know If You're Trusting In God Or Your Resources
Published February 10, 2022 by Tom Hermann
Friend, have you ever let the cares of life pull you away from yielding your entire heart to God? If you're anything like me then the answer is yes, and today's show will give you a practical way to know when you're trusting in your resources. Yes, there have been season in life where you hold on tightly to your resources because it doesn't feel like there will be enough. Yet, we know that God's desire for us is to trust Him as the source instead of trusting in the resources.
In today's episode we're going to dive into Jesus' teaching on this topic from His sermon on the mount found in Matthew 6:22-23. Jesus said, " The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!"
Jesus is using a Hebrew idiom that is referring to generosity and stinginess. A good or healthy eye is an eye that looks out for the needs of others, but a bad or unhealthy eye does not see the needs of others due to looking out for your own needs. Yet, here's the problem, when you focus on your own needs and miss the needs of others then the result is that you'll miss the path that God has for your life.
Friend, God wants to use you as a place of blessing for those around you. He wants to know that you are faithful to His plan and that you can be trusted to do His assignments. He has put everything in place for you to succeed in your purpose. However, you can miss out on that assignment if you don't take action on the TRUTHS and break away from faulty thinking. The purpose of life is not just trying to survive but to live a life that brings glory to his kingdom and is attractively different.
Saving your money and giving resentfully is a sign that you're trusting in money and wealth
If you're worried about the basics of life (food you will eat and clothes you wear) then you will have a difficult time seeing the needs of others
Generosity and stinginess are more about the posture of your heart than the amounts in your bank account
People who don't know God will have to trust in their wealth because they don't know the promises of God