How the Resurrection Helps Us Think About Money
The resurrection brings with it God’s full confirmation of all that Jesus accomplished on the cross. His sacrifice was accepted by God as the complete and finished payment for sin. If Jesus’ claims like he can forgive sin (Mark 2:10), he was God (John 8:58; 14:9), or he saves (John 3:14-16; 14:6) had been false, his death would have been the end of his brief time on earth and he would be a side note in the history books or forgotten altogether. But death did not win. His resurrection proves that all God’s promises are true and all that Jesus claimed is true.
And Jesus not only saves us from hell; we now share in all that he gains because we’ve been adopted as God’s sons and daughters. We are co-heirs of an eternal kingdom with Jesus and have not just been forgiven. We have full rights of a child of God.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, – 1 Peter 1:3–4
The Apostle Peter said that the resurrection of Jesus brings us the promise of an unimaginable inheritance that will not degrade or diminish in any way. The resurrection assures us of a treasure worth infinitely more than money – God himself (1 Peter 3:18). And through faith, we can lay hold of this treasure now, and experience it fully in eternity.
So, what does the resurrection have to do with how we think about money? Everything!
Our purpose and priorities and vision can now be re-aligned because everything – all the promises of God – are real. We can now find complete purpose in all that Jesus is for us and not in money because everything has changed for us. We have been born again to a living hope.
The resurrection assures us that we can use our time and energy and money for King Jesus and we’re not losing anything. God will be our treasure now, and there will be more than we can imagine in eternity.
So Christian, embrace Jesus’ vision for your life. Leave your idols and move toward Jesus. Trusting in the Savior is eternal surety because he is alive. Our treasure and satisfaction must not be in money or the security that money can buy money. The wealth that sustains us and drives us and preoccupies our minds must be Jesus. We must not think about and handling money like it is our treasure.
We can cling to 2 Corinthians 4:18:
…as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.