By: Richard Berry
When I googled the purpose of money, I found this statement which I find to be true but more of a world view: “Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy security and safety for you and your loved ones. Human beings need money to pay for all the things that make your life possible, such as shelter, food, healthcare bills, and a good education.” (https://lendedu.com/blog/why-money-is-important/). While I agree with this statement, I think it is incomplete. 1 Timothy 6:17-18 says, “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.”
Did you know that money and possessions are the second most referenced topics in the Bible? Jesus spoke about money, not because He was obsessed with money, or that He wanted us to have lots of it, but because He knew that money was a heart issue and that it is one of the most likely reasons for someone to not follow Him or to give up on Him. The money you have in your wallet has no intrinsic value; it is worth what the government says it’s worth. It is essentially morally neutral and powerless. Satan uses money to seduce us, and that is when it can become powerful in a negative direction. He wants you to fall in love with it, so you will become a slave to money rather than its master. The flip side is when we use money as a tool to invest in God’s kingdom; money becomes a powerful instrument of good. Money is important to the extent that how we think about it will impact how we behave with it. Taking this one step further, how we think and behave with money reflects our spiritual condition. When we hoard money or are envious of another person’s money or spend money we don’t have (debt), then there is a good chance we have been seduced (https://wealthwithpurpose.com/ god-money/why-does-the-bible-mention-money-so-often/)! God doesn’t need our money, nor does He need us to give it away. God is powerful enough to take care of all His sheep without our help! He only wants us to tithe and give offerings above our tithes because of what it does for us personally. When we give generously, we are demonstrating our heart’s condition of complete faith and trust in our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ to take care of our needs rather than depending upon our own abilities and resources.
I truly believe with all my heart, as do the other BFG team members, that our mission in life is to be a part of God’s ministry here on earth. Our mission statement is to provide for our clients’ financial peace of mind. We believe that the annuities we use for a lion’s share of our clients provide sleep insurance. The fixed and indexed annuities we use allow you to live your life knowing that you participate in modest, reasonable gains without ever losing a dime of your money. In some cases, these annuities provide lifetime, guaranteed streams of income that you cannot outlive! Our vision is to help you establish through safety and guarantees a healthy view of money – to have confidence to provide for your lifestyle needs and choices while at the same time having the freedom to give more generously. Nothing in this life truly belongs to us. We are stewards of all the blessings God has so graciously poured out on us. I want to encourage you, especially as we go into this holiday season – Thanksgiving and Christmas – to look for opportunities to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. I pray God’s richest blessings on you and your family; and, thank you for the continued confidence and trust you place in us here at Berry Financial Group.