Jesus Wasn’t Afraid To Talk About Money


Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

Today I want to talk about money. I will probably be talking about it for the next few days. I don’t want to talk about it in a health, wealth, or prosperity manner. I want to understand it from a Biblical perspective. I’m reading blogs and books on this topic and I’d like to share them with you! Any thoughts or comments feel free to share them with me!

Jesus wasn’t afraid to talk about money (WHY?)

Quick. Besides the Kingdom of God, what did Jesus talk about most often?

Love? Peace? The poor?

No, money. (That may be a shocker to you, it was to my mom!)

Jesus talked about money all the time. Look closely at the parables of Jesus and count the ones that refer to money,” says stewardship expert and author Dan Conway. “If you didn’t know better, you’d say that all Jesus cared about was drachmas, denarii, and the coins that belonged to Caesar.”

Keep in mind that there is a reason why Jesus speaks so much about money!

Not everyone agrees on how many parables are in the Gospels – since parables can be defined many ways as stories, pithy quotes, or proverbs – but most Scripture experts agree on roughly 40 recorded parables of Jesus. Of those, nearly half speak directly about money – for example, the pearl of great price, the lost coin, the silver talents.

Of the other parables, many also touch on material wealth: the Prodigal Son squandering his inheritance (Lk 15:11-32), Lazarus and the rich man (Lk 16:19-31), or the day laborers in the vineyard (Mt 20:1-16).

The use of money also occasioned many of Jesus’ teachings: the widow’s two coins (Mk 12:41-44); Caesar’s taxes (Mt 22:15-22); the rich young man (Mt 19:16-24); and Zaccheus the tax collector (Lk 191-10).

Then there are the famous quotes: “Where your treasure is, there also your heart will be” (Mt 6:21); “Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, not food, nor money” (Lk 9:3); and, most famous of all: “You cannot serve both God and Mammon.” (Lk 16 and Mt 6:24).

(I desire to write brief blog posts on each one of those passages above in the future but if you’d like to read them yourself now the Scripture verses are stated. Open your Bible and read what God’s Word says.)

Mammon is a word from the ancient world. In Greek, it was mamona, meaning wealth or riches, in the personalized sense, even as the riches were taking on a personality their own. Mammon meant wealth idolized and sought after. It was also recognized as something that could debase and dehumanize. Mammon could truly be a god, a false one.

“Jesus, time after time in the Gospel, calls his disciples’ attention to the use of money.”

Money is an important part of life. (Jesus thought so. I think so. Do you think so?) Ken Untener of Saginaw said in the reflections on stewardship, “Money speaks the hard language of real life.”

How do we pay the light bill? The car needs repair. The mortgage is due. Gas prices keep rising. It was the same in Jesus’ day. (Surprising to you? It shouldn’t be!) There were taxes, both government and religious. Food had to be bought at the market. People had to have a place to live and clothes to wear.

And people always like those extras – like a fancy dress or a bracelet from the caravan. (Today, it’s SUVs and HDTV.)

The late Richard Halverson, a chaplain of the U.S. Senate, in his book, Perspective, wrote,

“Jesus Christ said more about money than any other single thing because money is of first importance when it comes to a man’s real nature. Money is an exact index to a man’s true character.”

Did Jesus spend so much time talking about money because having money was wrong? (Many people especially Christians tend to think that way!)

Since many wealthy people – both in Jesus’ time (See Lk 8:3) and today – followed the Lord and did good things with their money, it seems that Jesus had other concerns with money. Concerns about human nature.

Jesus’ messages about money seem less to do with “too much” than with “too little.” Throughout the Gospels, Jesus is concerned with people having too little of what they really need. That meant health for the sick, welcome for outcasts, food for beggars, and protection for women and children.

But Jesus’ concern also included those who had too little of what really matters – the Kingdom, in which everyone has a close relationship with God and with others.

And Jesus saw that money and wealth often cause a poverty of character, a lack of what really mattered. That is why – when the rich young man “went away sad, for he had many possessions”- Jesus said “it will be hard for those who are rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.” It’s also why he told us to “give to the one who asks of you” (Mt 5:42) and that we would be judged by the measure, the generosity, by which we give (Mt 7:1).

What we do with wealth – whether that be a plenitude of money, power, talent, influence or anything else that comes to us through the grace of God – shows where our heart is.

“In the United States and other nations, a dominant secular culture often contradicts religious convictions … (and) frequently encourages us to focus on ourselves and our pleasures … many of us also have been adversely influenced by this secular culture.”

This is the very danger Jesus recognized when he told us to store up “treasures in heaven” rather than “treasures on earth” (Mt 6:19-20). If we focus only on our wealth, on getting more and not losing what we have – that wealth can take on a power of its own, just like the false god Mammon.

Instead, as good stewards, Jesus calls us to focus on God – and to put our wealth freely at his disposal. If we do, our hearts will still be with our treasure – but that treasure will be with our true and eternal treasure: God.

Any comments or thoughts please feel free to share, thanks!


Patricia Kasten, The Compass.

“Good Steward” columns by Dan Conway; The Little Burgundy Book on stewardship; and “Stewardship A Disciple’s Response”

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

Work Out Work In


Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

Today we will be looking at these two verses in Philippians that seem almost contradictory but in reality are complimentary.

work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Philippians 2:12-13 ESV

Paul states the first duty he had in mind with these words: ‘… work out your own salvation with fear and trembling …’ (v. 12).

The apostle is not asking the Philippians to work for their salvation. If we are in doubt about this, we only have to read a bit further. He will soon give details of his own futile efforts to earn the favour of God (3:1–11).

Those who advocate salvation by works do so only because they fail to understand that God demands perfect righteousness of us. When this point hits home, it is obvious to us that we cannot be saved by works, because, no matter how many good works we do, they cannot elevate us to the level of perfect righteousness.

Paul tells his readers to ‘work out’ their salvation. His meaning becomes clearer when we look at his next phrase: ‘… for it is God who works in you …’ (v. 13).

Salvation is God’s work. We cannot save ourselves. Only God can enlighten our minds to see the truth and move our wills to accept the truth. The very faith with which we receive his work of salvation is not something we can produce. It is rather God’s gift to us. He gives us both the salvation to receive by faith and the faith to receive the salvation (Eph. 2:8–9). No one who finally enters eternal glory will have one shred of credit to claim. God will not share his glory with another.

Paul was calling the Philippians, therefore, to work out what God had worked in. They were to live in such a way as to manifest that God had done his saving work within them. They were to show outwardly what God had done inwardly.

While we must not believe in salvation by works, we must most certainly believe in a salvation that works. In other words, we must not fall for that lie of the devil which suggests that one can truly be saved and not manifest it by good works.

This was, of course, the issue with which James was so urgently concerned when he wrote: ‘… faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say,

“You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?’ (James 2:17–20).

Paul made the same point—that true salvation manifests itself in good works—in these words to the Ephesians:

‘For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them’ (Eph. 2:10).

We cannot leave this point without noting that the ‘working out’ for which the apostle calls is to be done with ‘fear and trembling’ (v. 12) and also with confidence (v. 13).

With the phrase ‘fear and trembling’, the apostle was calling his readers to go about their Christian lives with a sense of awe and wonder. The apostle was calling them to manifest in their daily living the salvation of the living God, the salvation that had been planned for them before the foundation of the world. They were part of something that was far more massive than they could imagine. Mundane Christian duties dance and shimmer with delight when we learn to coat them with privilege. And living for the Lord becomes easier when we understand that it is the Lord for whom we live.

Lest his readers should feel overwhelmed by the thought of having to work out their salvation with fear and trembling, Paul added a word of assurance that would give them confidence:

‘… it is God who works in you both to will and to do his good pleasure’ (v. 13).

The God who had done the work of salvation within them had not abandoned them. He was still at work in them, giving them both the desire and the power to work out their salvation. If we have no desire to live for the Lord, we have no right to say we know the Lord.


Ellsworth, Roger. Opening Up Philippians. Opening Up Commentary. Leominster: Day One Publications, 2004.

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez



Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

“The world appears very little to a soul that contemplates the greatness of God.”

-Brother Lawrence (1614-1691), author, The Practice of the Presence of God


“O LORD, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens.”

-Psalm 8:1 NLT

Your majestic name fills the earth!- How illustrious is the name of Jesus throughout the world! His incarnation, birth, humble and obscure life, preaching, miracles, passion, death, resurrection, and ascension, are celebrated through the whole world. His religion, the gifts and graces of his Spirit, his people – Christians – his Gospel and the preachers of it are everywhere spoken of. No name is so universal, no power and influence so generally felt, as those of the Savior of mankind. Amen.

Your glory is higher than the heavens.- The heavens are glorious, the most glorious of all the works of God which the eye of man can reach; but the glory of God is infinitely above even these. The words also seem to intimate that no power, earthly or diabolical, can lessen or injure that glory. The glory and honor which God has by the Gospel shall last through time, and through eternity; and of that glory none shall be able to rob him, to whom majesty and dominion are eternally due. This has been applied by some to the resurrection of our Lord. He rose from the dead, and ascended above all heavens; and by these his glory was sealed, his mission accomplished, and the last proof given to his preceding miracles.

Source: Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible


Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

Just For Today


Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

I’m learning this. God is teaching me and growing me. I thought I’d share it with you all. Be blessed!

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

Philippians 4:6 NLT


Lord, for tomorrow and its needs,

I do not pray;

Keep me, my God, from stain of sin,

Just for today!


Now, set a seal upon my lips,

For this I pray;

Keep me from wrong, or idle words,

Just for today!


Let me be slow to do my will,

Prompt to obey;

And keep me, guide me, use me, Lord,

Just for today!


Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

Psalm 34


Hey everyone, I want to share Psalm 34 with you all today. It’s been a blessing to my soul as I read, pray and meditate on it.

Psalm 34 (ESV)

Taste and See That the Lord Is Good

34  Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away.

I will bless the Lord at all times;

his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul makes its boast in the Lord;

let the humble hear and be glad.

Oh, magnify the Lord with me,

and let us exalt his name together!

I sought the Lord, and he answered me

and delivered me from all my fears.

Those who look to him are radiant,

and their faces shall never be ashamed.

This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him

and saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the Lord encamps

around those who fear him, and delivers them.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!

Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,

for those who fear him have no lack!

10  The young lions suffer want and hunger;

but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

11  Come, O children, listen to me;

I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

12  What man is there who desires life

and loves many days, that he may see good?

13  Keep your tongue from evil

and your lips from speaking deceit.

14  Turn away from evil and do good;

seek peace and pursue it.

15  The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous

and his ears toward their cry.

16  The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,

to cut off the memory of them from the earth.

17  When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears

and delivers them out of all their troubles.

18  The Lord is near to the brokenhearted

and saves the crushed in spirit.

19  Many are the afflictions of the righteous,

but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

20  He keeps all his bones;

not one of them is broken.

21  Affliction will slay the wicked,

and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.

22  The Lord redeems the life of his servants;

none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez