It’s one thing to earn money, but it’s another to learn how to make it work for you.
Australian Nick Breach knows something about that and about doing business God’s way.
It just so happens to be one of his passions.
In fact, so much so, Nick is the Executive Director at Compass, a finance company based in the US where he’s responsible for the company’s operations in the mid-west, north and west regions.
“Compass originated in the USA almost 30-years ago. Howard Dayton and Larry Burkett started the ministry with an explicit attempt to understand what the Scriptures say about money.”
The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it
To be more precise, 2,350 verses about money and related topics, to then learn what they mean and to apply them to their lives.
“35-years on Compass has taught more than 65-million people how to handle money God’s way,” Nick confirmed, saying Christians believe God owns everything.
Psalm 24:1 tells us the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.
“That includes us as people, our kids, our jobs, our cars, the house, the jet-ski, whatever it is, everything belongs to God.”
Nick said Christians should look at money as a spiritual conversation and a spiritual opportunity to grow closer the Lord.
“It’s no longer, ‘What should I do with my stuff?’ but instead, ‘God this is Your stuff, what do You want me to do with it to glorify You and for the good of those around me?”
‘God, what do you want me to do with it?’
The trap to fall into is to think our wealth and things are ours. After all, are we not the ones who have earned it? Even Nick admitted there have been times when he’s left God out of it.
“God has given me the talents and skills and the air I breathe, to enable me to have those possessions.”
Again, the question is, ‘God, what do you want me to do with it?’
Zero giving was the point where Nick Breach set out on the path to giving more and more of his accumulated wealth.
The first step was to tithe. That was enough for Nick to think he was doing the right thing but tithing alone comes with a risk.
“The risk is to say, 10 percent God is Yours, the other 90 percent is mine!” declared Nick. But that wasn’t what the Compass Australia published book ‘Your Money Counts’ had to say about it.
‘Don’t touch my stuff!’
Nick explained it this way.
“I felt like when I first became a Christian and got baptised I held my wallet out of the water.”
I said, ‘God, use me, use my time my talents and my skills, but don’t touch my stuff!’
There are many fears associated with money, one being the church is out to get you money. This is centred around a lie. The lie to believe that it’s ‘my job to provide.’ That’s so wrong.
The right answer? It’s God’s job to provide. And the Bible backs that up.
“We see that clearly when Abraham was going to sacrifice Isaac and God provided the substitute,” Nick noted.
“God is the provider and Abraham called that mountain Jehovah Jireh. We sing songs, ‘Jehovah Jireh, my Provider.’”
The gift of Christ
“So we have to come to the point where we believe God is our Provider and that He will provide everything we need.”
Then to the Gospels to back it up. “If we seek first the Kingdom of God then all these things; (food shelter clothing, everything we need), ‘will be given to you.”
Next to John 3:16 and what Nick calls the ultimate generosity gift.
It’s the gift of Christ. A generosity verse. Because God loved, He gave.
“He gave His only Son. He gave everything. And as we become more Christlike God is drawing us into an opportunity to become more like His Son.”
The opportunity to surrender everything to Him to the accompaniment of a conversation that goes something like this.
‘Work is just tough’
“It’s to the point where we say, ‘God, I am surrendering everything to You and I want to begin this regular conversation with You about, ‘What would You like me to do with the house, the car, etcetera.”
But this is backed by the premise we enjoy our work. In a fallen world this is not the case for many Christians. Many don’t enjoy their jobs. Their jobs are a burden.
Work is just tough. I’m uncomfortable. I hate it!
‘Work is the result of sin’ some say. But are they right or are they wrong? Wrong!
“Early in Genesis we see that God put the man and the woman in the Garden of Eden to work it. To tend it. Work was given to us from the Lord, ultimately for our good.”
With this understood we’re then in a rightful position to ask God some pretty useful questions. Like, please explain. Here’s Nick’s queries.
The ‘Do I cares’
“God, what are the skills You’ve given me?”
“What’s the passion You’ve given me?”
“How do I connect those with Kingdom needs?”
Those needs might be anyone of a number of ‘Do I cares.’
“Do I care about clean water, do I care about orphans, do I care about broadcast media sharing the Gospel all over Australia?”
Nick said there’s a challenge for business owners particularly those who are successful. Those business owners who’ve developed significant wealth over many years.
Wealth can easily take us away from the Lord. Jesus used the story of the rich young ruler to point this out.
‘We make a life by what we give’
“More often than not characters in Scripture who accumulated more wealth, the 15 out of 18 I’ve studied move away from God and don’t finish well.”
“There’s only a couple and Cornelius is probably the best example of people who accumulate wealth who came closer to God.”
Nick Breach said this is a warning to those of us who are successful business owners, or a successful employee earning a good wage, the money can draw us away from the Lord.
“We have to actively fight against that tendency for our treasure to be in our bank account rather than in the Kingdom.”
Winston Churchill: ‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.’
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Accomplished International Business leader originally from Australia, Nick now spends his time helping churches, businesses and other organizations develop a culture of financial discipleship and generosity.
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