Free to Serve Him

In one of his recent blogs, Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, gave a pointed response to the question, “What should you do to get rich?”

 “Save your money. Save as much money as you possibly can. Every penny you can.

Instead of coffee, drink water. Instead of going to McDonald’s, eat mac and cheese. Cut up your credit cards. If you use a credit card, you don’t want to be rich. The first step to getting rich requires discipline. If you really want to be rich, you need to find the discipline.”

While His purpose for money differs from the world’s goal of getting rich, the path to handling money God’s way is similar to how Cuban describes building wealth. It’s a prudence approach, requiring focus, discipline and a mindset that short-term “pain” will lead to long-term gain.  

When you eyeball the 35-plus categories in the Bible on Money (https://compass1.org/the-bible-on-money/), it can feel like a daunting list of Do’s and Don’ts. 

Don’t accept bribes, don’t get into debt, don’t cosign, don’t covet, don’t be greedy, don’t retire from serving others. But do have a plan… Spend less, save more, give generously, pay your taxes, work hard, be humble, surrender. And oh, spoiler alert:  It’s not even our money… 

It’s all God’s, and we’re simply stewards! Which begs the question: Why would God go to the extreme to give us all these instructions? I’m convinced it’s because He has an even bigger plan for us on the other side.  

God wants our daily focus to be on Him. When we handle money His way, we position our lives to benefit from THE thing HE wants most for us: true freedom to serve Him in every area of our lives. Now, and for all of eternity.

The good news? There’s a great payoff to doing things God’s way. 

I hope these scriptures below encourage you to use your money and possessions in a way that honors the Lord. I call them my “Fav 5”:

  1. Why be honest?  

Luke 16:11: “if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven.” – Jesus

Said another way, if you are trustworthy with worldly wealth, the Lord can trust you with the true riches of heaven!

  1. Why be intentional?  

Matthew 6:19-21: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Jesus 

  1. Why be committed?  

Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go:  And when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Solomon 

  1. Why be generous?  

1 Timothy 6:18-19: “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.  In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” – Paul 

  1. Why be a multiplier?  

Matthew 25:21: “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’” – Jesus

Keep charging for Christ,

Brandon Sieben

P.S. “Free to Serve Him” is the theme of our Inaugural Compass Global Conference, being held in Orlando, Fla. , March 1-2, 2023. Early bird pricing is still available, but only for a little while longer. So, be sure to register now: https://compass1.org/globalconference/?mc_cid=377b43afdd&mc_eid=72a41e8b92. See you there!

AUTHOR BIO

After nearly three years in a mentoring relationship with Founder and Chairman Howard Dayton, Brandon joined Compass-finances God’s Way as president and CEO in September 2019. Brandon graduated with a B.S. in finance from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Iowa; and also studied international business at the Universidad de Alicante in Spain, and Latin American business and culture at the Instituto de Idioma Español in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Brandon and his wife, Deb, are actively involved in ministry in their local church and community. They have three daughters, Kay, Nina, and Georgia, and currently reside in Iowa City, Iowa.

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