It’s (Not) All About the Money

by Joanna Pierce on July 18, 2018

I’m not up-to-date on young person lingo, or fully abreast of parenting styles today, but when I was a kid there was a brilliant little thing called an allowance. If you wanted to get my attention fast, just mention my allowance and I was all ears.

I earned an allowance for doing things around the house like cleaning, recycling, emptying the dish washer, etc. (Looking back now as an adult, I acknowledge my parents were very kind to me. If I was living in my own home—well, let’s just say I’d be doing those things for free. Thanks, Mom and Dad.)

So, I had it in my mind at an early age, if I was going to “help” with something, that would equate to an additional dime or quarter to my name at the end of the week.

But, then it happened…

Mind you, I cannot remember the specific task, but it was something outside (which I loathed). My dad had asked for my help; I had obliged, watching dollar-signs flash before my eyes. After hours of agonizing work (which probably was about 10 minutes), I eagerly awaited the fruits of my labor.

But, when it came time for pay-day, there was no increase. I was in utter shock and immediately launched an investigative acquisition. Imagine my astonishment when I learned from my parents that there were things I would be asked to do. And, I would do them because it was the right thing to do, not because I would get paid.

This was a great (but hard) lesson for a child my age. I learned quickly that this lesson transcended to many other areas of my life. Years later, I wasn’t surprised to find the same model in Scripture:

Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity. They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity. The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the Lord, and say, Is not the Lord among us? none evil can come upon us (Micah 3:9–11, KJV).

The leaders of Israel at the time were not acting right. Rulers were making decisions based on bribes, priests were teaching God’s law only for money, and prophets wouldn’t prophesy unless they were paid.

Can you imagine the gall of these men who would hold back the truth unless money was shoved into their faces? When I read this, I had a flash-back to my little-ole-self demanding a quarter for my strenuous child-labor in the wilderness of our back yard. Honestly, how can we deem ourselves worthy to be paid for doing any work?

Scripture tells us our work should be completed as unto the Lord (Ephesians 6:7, Colossians 3:23). If everything we do should be for God, we certainly aren’t going to charge Him—the One who owns and created everything (Psalms 24:1)!

We’ve come a long way since childhood, but this mentality can creep back up and consume us if we’re not careful. If we start to grumble about how much we’re paid on our jobs, or feel like we should earn wages for our work in God’s Kingdom, we’re no better than these past corrupt leaders of Israel!

Trust me, it’s a hard pill to swallow, but one we should be mindful of daily. We must remember God has called us to do a work for Him in many different capacities. Our pay day, or lack thereof, is going to come from Him and Him alone. And, He’ll choose to bless us how and when He sees fit.

Let’s strive not to let money get in the way of things. We don’t want that evil, that attitude, and that spirit in our life (I Timothy 6:10). Let’s be about our Father’s business. When He asks us to work, let’s do it because it’s really not about the money. It’s all about Him.