Choose a Role on His Team

I remember in the third grade the big game on the playground was kickball—one of the greatest games of all time.

The rules were simple: kick the ball as far as you can, run as fast as you can, and don’t get thrown out.

The problem was, the sixth-graders controlled the court. Unless they picked you to be on their team, you didn’t get to play… Which led to all sorts of crazy favors during the day, trying to jockey for position. Ultimately, you had to resort to jumping and screaming with your hands waving “PICK ME!” 

It can be very similar in the game of life. 

We fight a constant battle in our search for significance to be noticed and picked. Mostly for earthly gain and advancement.

That is why Jesus’ approach to His disciples (and us) is so cool. 

He already chose us, even before we were born. He wants us on His team. He has big plans for us. All we have to do is choose Him. 

In a juxtaposition of sorts, our first act once we choose Christ is to turn around and surrender everything in our life back to Him. 

Like kickball, it’s straightforward. This act of surrender (aka humility) helps us fully align ourselves with God’s priorities.

Our surrender leads us to a place of contentment and a desire to live a different life. A life that is transformed for Jesus, faithful and obedient to Him, with a goal of pursuing righteousness above all else. 

In practice, this step requires discipline and commitment over a long period of time. In fact, many of us, including myself, will remain on this journey growing closer to the Lord until the day we meet Him.

Scripture encourages us in our walk to be more like Christ. I like Matthew 4:19, Romans 12:1-2, 1 Corinthians 4:2, Matthew 6:33 and Matthew 25:21… among others. I love how clear, direct and bold Jesus is when describing what our role is on His team. 

Choosing Him with our money and possessions is no different than any other topic in the Bible Jesus cares about. To be faithful with money, we must understand what the Bible says.  To be obedient with our money, we must actually do what it says. 

As Christians, this is one of our toughest assignments. Simply because the ways of this world pull us in the opposite direction of God’s Word. 

For example, consider our government debt. We are $30 trillion in debt and on our way to $50 trillion within the next 10 years.

Great leaders, probably good intentions, but in total conflict with God’s Word. What message does this send to families, churches, communities, schools, businesses and our kids?! It’s tragic, really.   

The good news is God is in control, and He has you and me.

Romans 8:28 assures us “…in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

God has chosen each of us for a specific purpose. We each have a unique opportunity to be light in darkness. We can absolutely be great stewards of God’s resources, faithful and obedient to the best of our abilities, and show our family, friends, neighbors and country the path forward. 

Sometimes our influence comes from what we say. More times than not, it will come from how we live. 

I encourage you today to stay focused on handling your finances GOD’s way.

You’re on the team. You have a big role to play. Let’s go win the game!

You can learn more about what God has to say about our role in handling money His way at www.compass1.org.

Keep charging for Christ,

Brandon Sieben

CEO, Compass Global

P.S. Learn more about what God has to say about lifestyle and how to be a financial disciple by visiting our Grow page at compass1.org or click here: https://compass1.org/grow-on-your-journey/.

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.