Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is

I heart money

I heart money

One of the most perceptible ways that we show what we want or believe is where we spend our money. Casinos and bookies make a living off of this concept because most people want more money…quickly. We hear phrases like “Put your money where your mouth is” or “Put up or shut up”. This has challenged me to do something I’ve never done before.

I’ve been thinking a good deal on the principle of sowing and reaping. I feel like some people try to manipulate the system just to get what they want. I can’t be sure of this but while I’m 100% confident the principle works, I believe God delays the reaping part if it is sown in the wrong spirit (they are His rules, He can do whatever He wants right?). How long will you continue to sow when you aren’t receiving an immediate return? But I digress from my real point…

I have some crazy dreams in my heart. The kind of dreams that are completely unreasonable and out of my ability to attain in my own power. I’ve been planting some small seeds in that direction but it is the equivalent of saying that I want to make a Hollywood blockbuster film and investing in The Flip. Sure, you could say that’s a step in the right direction but I have a long way to go.

At the beginning of the year, God put it on my heart to put my money where my heart is. I’m not talking about tithing or anything like that (I’m going to assume you are tithing and not robbing God like a sweaty heathen…I kid, I kid.). I’m talking about sowing into dreams.

I believe something happens when you intentionally sow into something or someone. Not only are you a blessing and encouragement to others, but you bless and encourage yourself. It is a glorious transaction. Something is set in motion in the unseen realm, things are shifted and you receive favor.

I believe a lot of times we are challenged with our finances because that is where we get our sense of security. We have this orphan spirit in relation to the Lord and finances. We’re like the abandoned child that can’t trust that his father will provide so he hoards his resources. At least, that’s how it’s been in my life.

In an attempt to break that spirit and as an act of faith that I not only believe God can do it in my life but in the lives of others, I have committed to two things:

  1. Sow Finances: Every month I will pray for God to put someone on my heart to bless financially. This will be someone whom I know personally and I know specific dreams in their heart. It doesn’t have to be anything spiritual. It could just be a dream to own their own business. I have already set aside a pre-determined amount that I will give them. Along with the money, I will personally encourage them to move forward with the dreams in their heart.
  2. Sow Prayer: I will commit the month to praying for them. I will ask that God begins to give them strategy from heaven to execute their dreams. I will pray for motivation and discipline to follow through. It’s not enough to dream and then put it in God’s hands while you sit patiently on the couch. I will pray that they will partner with God to see this dream through to fulfillment.

It’s a small seed but I’m believing God will do something significant. This scripture comes to mind as I move forward:

“Zerubbabel started rebuilding this Temple and he will complete it. That will be your confirmation that God-of-the-Angel-Armies sent me to you. Does anyone dare despise this day of small beginnings? They’ll change their tune when they see Zerubbabel setting the last stone in place!” Zechariah 4:9-10

I already know that it won’t be easy. As soon as I decided to do this a few weeks ago, I got hit with a $600 bill for my car. This is right after I had just sent in a check for $2,000 for my trip to Brazil next week. Talk about stretching my faith!

But I have resolved to do this (I finally worked in my Word of the Year!). Now, I’m not being reckless and giving out of an empty piggy bank. That’s not faith, that’s silly. You have to get your house in order first. I have the money, it just isn’t what I was planning to use it for.

I’m okay with sacrificing some Starbucks trips, scaling back my “eating out” budget and any other little cut backs I can find. It is worth it to me. I believe that this small act of faith will bless others and encourage me in the process. I’m not sowing money and prayers because I’m expecting it back from those people, I’m doing it to build my faith. For me, it’s time to “Put up or shut up.”

Do you have any dreams in your heart? Are you on the couch or are you “putting up”?

Comments

  1. I love that you are being so intentional about this. I just wrote over on Jason’s blog about how God had me intentionally invest in prayer in a direction that I wanted to go… I invested in others lives (sow) and I’m convinced that God taught me so much thru that prayer investment about how to eventually pray for things in my own life and how to move forward in them (reap).

    I just really like that you are being so intentional about all this :)

  2. Investing in God dreams always have a great ROI my friend…love your heart bro’.

  3. Tony, dreams are expensive. That’s what I heard, but the great thing about this is that God helps finance (in one way or another, money isn’t the only way this works) when we pursue them with faith. I loved this. You had me for a minute there about robbing God and the sweaty heathen….. I tithe, but that message…. ;)

    Good stuff, sir!

  4. Excellent stuff, Tony. Love it. I have lots of dreams–getting the land in front of our current property; having a church, training center and school on it; traveling around the world and supporting missionaries out there already; remodeling our current space for functionality; hosting a 24/7 prayer and worship in our current space when we move to the other; and oh yeah, just doing ministry full-time like God has called me to and my family being provided for. I’m definitely off the couch, and I know He’ll do what He promised. I am fully supplied and having everything I need. He’s so good! He made the promise and I have the responsibility to act on it in faith.

    Thanks Tony.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Honestly right now, my immediate dreams are getting through school with a good GPA and my sanity, getting my house clean again (crazy after surgery and Christmas) and getting my son back on track (with lots of prayer and talking/working with).

    This is a really good post! I like that you are stepping out on faith with God and I know he will bless you for it.

  6. Life is too short to just “live” it. We should all use our God-given time to make a difference. We should have goals and aspirations to advance the kingdom. We should “experience” life.

    Money is such a difficult topic to discuss, because, this is often times viewed as an idol. The most important aspect of being a faithful steward when it comes to money is attitude. How are we “giving” or “investing” it. Do we do it out of obligation, guilt or plain old desire? Our hearts need to be aligned with the purpose.

    Enjoy Brazil Tony. I’m sure you’ll have a blessed time.

  7. My dreams: risking, persevering, not allowing my doubts to envelope my faith, encouraging others more, being more sensitive to the moving of the Spirit. Things like that.

    • Love it! I’m planning to strengthen my relationship with Holy Spirit this year as well. One of the small things will be calling Him Holy Spirit and not “the” Holy Spirit. It might sound silly, but I think it is a step in the direction of making Him more personal to me.

  8. Is it wrong that the song Dream Weaver from Wayne’s World was running through my head as I read this post?

    Probably. :/

    If there is something that we cling to, hoard, refuse to give up, or love more than God….He will ask us to give it up and turn it over to Him. That is a guarantee.

    Sometimes it’s easier to give our money than it is to give of our heart and time. I know so many kids that grew up with parents that bought them anything they wanted, but they never really spent quality time with them; listening to them, learning about them, teaching them, loving them. The lie about money is that if you don’t cling to it, you’ll end up starving on the street, but Jesus tells us this in Matthew 6:25-27:

    ““Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”

    This verse shows us that God is going to take care of our every need (need is the key word here), if only we will release our kung fu ninja grip on our need to control and attain things. There is nothing more valuable to me than a wonderful conversation with family and friends. Seeing into someone’s heart is a priceless gift.

    • “I’ve just closed my eyes again, climbed aboard the Dream Weaver train.”

      Yeah you’re right, it’s not just money. But you probably just say that because you’re rich. It’s okay, I won’t judge you.

      My buddy @katdish said this the other day “Money is like love, it’s only valuable when you give it away”. That’s a good word right thur.

      I’m with you. I love conversation. Especially (but not only) when it’s about dreaming big! You can learn a lot about a person when you hear what they are really passionate about.

      • If having an overabundance of sarcasm can be considered rich, then yes….I am extremely rich. Well, I’m about to blog about my big dreaming, so get your pen and paper out cause your about to get some schoolin’ about what I’ve got going on is this head of mine.

    • Now I have Gary Wright running through my head on repeat. Thanks Katie. Thanks a lot. :(

  9. My dreams this year are to get a job and to strengthen my personal relationships. It’s going to happen.

    Your commitment to this is wonderful. I’m proud of you (though I have no right to be!) You are such an encouragement, always.

    • Those are goals (good ones, by the way). What are you DREAMS? What are you absolutely passionate about? What would you do if you knew that you could not fail? That’s what I want to hear about. No seriously, I want to know. Email me if you feel comfortable doing that. Pretty please? :)

  10. Wow, I’m encouraged by your faithfulness and commitment in this area. Especially in the fact that you’ve written it down and put it out there for all of us to see. Thanks!

  11. I have learned that a dream has to start somewhere. It is the small thing that is the dream that blooms into something much bigger. It takes the the faith to get started. I am definitely putting things up to see some of the many dreams I have take root, so that they can grow into what God desires them to be. I just need to be faithful in doing my part.

    Thanks for the great encouragement my friend!

  12. Publishing a book. And being in the middle of it when God moves. Sacrifice is part of it, especially if it’s for His Glory.

  13. O yeah I have dreams bro! I am trying with all my heart to “Put it up” with Church Planting, Touching the hurting in Liberia and writing!

    Big dreams bring BIG needs of: People, resources and most…TIME!

    Great challenge Tony, thx!

    • Based on what I read on your site, God is doing big things through you! I love that you dream big because when the dreams are fulfilled, you know it was by His power!

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