There are many things pastors and teachers tell us to do in order to grow spiritually. Read the Bible. Pray. Go to church. No doubt these are important things are helpful in your spiritual journey. But Jesus said that there is something else that measures spiritual maturity and it may shock you. Here is what he said:
Luke 16:11-13 “So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” (NIV)
God uses money as a test to see how spiritually mature we are. He uses how you handle money and material possessions as an indicator of whether He can trust you with genuine spiritual blessings. Handling worldly wealth means managing your money. If you are not wise in money management, why should God trust you with real wealth – spiritual wealth? God’s blessings are tied to the way you handle material things in life. If you are not a very good money manager, it impacts your spiritual life and your spiritual growth. Budgets, stewardship, and generosity indicate where you are spiritually!
If you are going to live a life that is spiritually mature and blessed financially, you must first figure out if you are an owner or a manager. I don’t mean whether you own or rent a house or buy or lease a car. Let the financial experts debate that. I am asking do you own your stuff or does God own it? In God’s opinion, He does.
Psalm 24:1b (NLT) “The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it.”
If he owns it, does it really matter what I think? Well, yes it does. It does not change the facts; it just changes the flow of God’s blessings in my life. Jesus taught that whether we see ourselves as owners of what we possess or as stewards of what God owns goes a long way in determining spiritual maturity.
Does God own your stuff or does your stuff own you? Do you recognize God as the owner of everything? When we realize that God owns it all and that we are simply stewards of God’s stuff, then our lives are transformed and we grow spiritually.