Matthew 19:21 Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” 22 When the young man heard this, he went away in sorrow, because he had great wealth.

This rich young ruler boasted about keeping all of the commandments but, when he was asked to give all of his riches away and follow Christ, he sadly went away. He couldn’t do it. Money had him bound.

Recently, there was a chance for someone to win over a billion dollars in the lottery. Believers would like to think we’d give a portion of it to the church, give some to the poor, help our families, and keep the rest for ourselves.

But, what if God instructed you to give it all away? Could you do it? Could you instantly put yourself back in the same financial predicament out of obedience to God? It would be difficult for anyone, but could you do it? Check your heart.

If we can confidently give over a billion dollars away, trusting God will return even more to us according to His Word in Luke 6:38, that’s when we’d know if we’re ready for that type of money.

Instead of hoping and praying for that type of wealth, let’s ask God to help us get our hearts and minds in position to handle money appropriately. Trust God over money.