You are welcome to the month of December. As you are aware that Christmas is just around the corner, you need to reflect on God’s goodness over your life and family. He has done all things well! The true spirit of this season is to bring joy to you, your home, and to mankind at large. We thank God for how much He has helped us to learn and understand His Word in the past months. This month, my topic is: I Need Cash! This segment, I will be teaching on: Why do I need cash?
If you were asked the question: Do you need some cash? Without thinking for too long, the likely answer will be: “Yes I do!’’ I won’t be surprised at your answer, because cash is an important factor in the buying and selling world today. Cash or money is required and it is the acceptable means of exchange for goods and services in everyday living, ranging from provision of food and clothing, to provision of shelter.
Some times in the past, humans were exchanged for goods and services. But in our world presently, cash or money is the legal tender, universally acceptable ever since the abolishment of slave trade. So, irrespective of where you live, work or school, it is necessary to have a handy cash to be able to meet your daily needs and wants.
So far, we have been able to establish the fact that it is not a sin to want to have some cash in hand.
Where have I gone wrong in my need for cash?
Cash or money is described by the Bible as the unrighteous mammon. For clarity of purpose, Luke 16:11 says: If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
As good as it is to need cash, if care is not taken and due process observed, the unrighteous character of money begins to rule your mind, as a youth. Therefore, be careful not to allow the need for cash to lead you through the wrong path especially in this season! Some youth would even prefer to steal or rob others, or even engage in prostitution, just to satisfy their need for cash. This is displeasing to God, and unacceptable in the society.
The Bible makes us to understand that the love of money is the root of all evil. 1 Timothy 6:10-11 says: For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
We, therefore, as youths must never allow ourselves to come to that point when our love for God and His Kingdom becomes substituted with the love of money.
I always tell the youths each time I have the opportunity to talk on cash, that the reasons why they probably have lost faith in God’s ability to meet their financial needs are mainly based on two factors. These are ingratitude (unthankfulness) and discontentment.
For every need, whether met or yet to be met, God expects us to show appreciation. He expects us to give Him thanks.
The Bible says in Colossians 3:17: And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Grumbling and murmuring do not bring solution to any of your financial needs. They only block your access to God’s throne; this is why God expects nothing less than thanksgiving in all things (Psalms 92:1).
Remember that it was after Jesus gave thanks for the seven loaves of bread and few little fishes that they multiplied. After that, the multitudes were fed to their satisfaction, with seven baskets full as left over. Matthew 15:36 says: And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. Maybe you have been thinking that God has forgotten you; probably you also think that He has no idea of your need for cash. Good news! He wants you to have abundance of life and all that makes life good, and this include supplying all your needs according to His riches in Glory. Philippians 4:19 says: But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Food for thought: When was the last time you said ‘Thank You Lord for the cash in my hands and for the one I need?’
You need Jesus in your life; you must be born again to live that excellent kind of life. Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and other things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33). Say this prayer in faith with me as I lead you to Jesus. He loves you and wants you safe in His arms: Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I believe You died and rose again for my sake. Forgive me of my sins, take over my life, make me Your child and let Your peace reign over my life. Thank you for saving me. Now I know I am born again.
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