Feb 042013 8 Responses

10 Questions About Money

Jesus said, “You cannot serve God and money.”

Here are 10 questions I use to test my heart about money.

  1. Would your satisfaction in life be greater if your income significantly increased?
  2. Would a demotion at work deeply attack your self-worth?
  3. Do you view giving as an obligation or as a joyful opportunity?
  4. Are your annual expenses significantly different from your friends who have a similar income but no real connection with Christ?
  5. Do you feel a responsibility to use the resources given to you to make a difference for Christ?
  6. Do you feel superior or inferior to others because of your job title or income?
  7. Would you do more for others if you had more?
  8. Do you assume people who make more money than you live an easier life?
  9. Do you recognize that everything you have is a gift form God which you do not deserve?
  10. If offered $10 million to denounce Christ, would you take the money?

What question would you add?

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8 Responses to 10 Questions About Money
  1. Tracy Winchell Reply

    Man, you’re really talking about ME here. I’ve been studying what God says about money and I’m finding that my words and what I THINK I believe aren’t lined up with my online banking activities. I spent this weekend working on changing that. Pondering this piece – along with the video – and answering the questions you pose – on paper and during my quiet time will help me along this journey that I know will be painful and humbling. Thank you, Kevin, for your leadership and your willingness to share what’s on your heart and your mind. Even – check that – ESPECIALLY WHEN – your inspired words are unpopular and sometimes painful. Being a minister who preaches the inspired word of God isn’t a popularity contest, is it? Still, these are the words many of us crave. Thank you again, brother.

    • Kevin Reply

      Thank you Tracy. Always know that I preach to myself. Anything anyone gets from that simply means they are as much of a sinner as I am.

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  3. Keagile Reply

    Kevin, you have no idea how much this is doing to my life and my way of life. i am being introduced to this platform by one of my friend (Thoriso Magoba) and never looked back. thank you and thank you Sir.

    • Kevin A. Thompson Reply

      Keagile, thank you so much for letting me know. If I can ever help you in any way or if you ever have a topic you would like for me to cover, please let me know.

  4. John Frank Fisher Reply

    Never understood Christian couples that have separate accounts, certainly re marriage complicates the situation, Still, How can you be One in Christ when you have distrust in finances..

    • Kevin A. Thompson Reply

      John, it can be a good system if one spouse struggles with financial discipline.

  5. Jimmy Ipock Reply

    From the atheist perspective (at least one atheist anyway, I do not represent all atheist):

    Would your satisfaction in life be greater if your income significantly increased?
    My income has gradually increased over a long period of time. I now make a lot of money ( > 4 times the average income in my state). Studies have shown that the happiness level does indeed increase after about $70,000/yr for most people. I can attest to this, that being said, I was a very happy person making 19k, I’m still happy but my standard if living is a lot better now.

    Would a demotion at work deeply attack your self-worth?

    Depends, did I do something stupid to cause a demotion or did I ask for it because work was affecting my time with family? If I asked for it, then it would’t affect my self-worth in any way. If I was demoted because I did something stupid, then I would want to correct it and find out what I did.

    Do you view giving as an obligation or as a joyful opportunity?
    Joyful opportunity.

    Are your annual expenses significantly different from your friends who have a similar income but no real connection with Christ?
    I have no connection to Christ. With the exception of giving a church 10% of my income, I think the annual expenses are the same.

    Do you feel a responsibility to use the resources given to you to make a difference for Christ?
    Not at all.

    Do you feel superior or inferior to others because of your job title or income?
    No, I treat the janitor with the same respect that I treat the boss with.

    Would you do more for others if you had more?
    Yes indeed. As my income has increased I HAVE done more for others.

    Do you assume people who make more money than you live an easier life?
    Not at all. I know people that make a lot more money than I do and still live paycheck to paycheck. Good money management does not discriminate based on income level.

    Do you recognize that everything you have is a gift form God which you do not deserve?
    Absolutely not. Most of what I have is what I’ve worked for. If someone gives me something then I’m thankful to them for it (and at some level I want to give back to them).

    If offered $10 million to denounce Christ, would you take the money?
    Well, I don’t follow Christ in any way, so this question doesn’t apply to me. But I would be happy to tell you I don’t believe in Christ for a cup of good coffee even!

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