A few days ago I blogged about a big decision Rhonda and I really needed to make. We have made a decision. After River Ridge Church closed, we were faced with the decision of what to do with all of the stuff (sound system, trailer, tables, chairs, office equipment, etc.). Basically, we were faced with the following choices:

  • keep everything and use it sometime down the road for a future church plant
  • sell everything to another church or church plant
  • sell everything through e-bay or something like that
  • sell everything at a really reduced price to a church planter who we believed was going to rock the world with the gospel
  • give everything away to a church planter who we believed was going to rock the world with the gospel

Well, we have made a decision about what we’re going to do. It was not an easy decision (for me anyway) because we borrowed money to purchase almost everything River Ridge used. Now, after a couple of years the value of the stuff is less than what we owe on it. And finally, I do not have the gift of giving. Needless to say this decision was not easy for me to make because I don’t like to lose money.

For the past couple of weeks I have been listening to sermons from Andy Stanley, Perry Noble, and Steven Furtick on my daily commute to and from work. God has been dealing with my attitude toward money. When Rhonda and I started our journey of church planting, we had prayed that God would allow us to live by faith like we did when we first married (won’t pray that again). God has answered that prayer.

But God was more interested in just answering a prayer. He wanted me to learn to really trust him. Over the years I have met people with a lot of money. I have heard people talk about getting more of it. I have heard people cry when they have lost money. It seems that money really is the center of our lives. It’s rare to hear someone say, “You know, I really have too much money.”

I have rambled on about money because I don’t think this is just my problem. A lot of people think pastors are rich or overpaid and all the church wants is more money. I’m sure there is some truth to that. But, the real deal is this: you have what you have because God allows it. In a moment everything you own could be taken from you. What would you do then?

I think I am starting to get it. It’s just money or stuff that money can buy. When I die I will not take a single penny with me to heaven. In fact, the only thing of value I will recieve in heaven will be given back to God. John wrote these words in Revelation 4:10-11:

The twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: 11“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

So, Rhonda and I have made a big decision. We are trusting God. How about you? What “good” will you do with your “riches?”