Allen and Jean Hitchcock decided to end their marriage of 24 years.
In anticipation of the divorce settlement, Allen began to review the family’s financial records. As he sorted through the files, he came across an old faded cheque made out to the hotel where he and Jean had stayed on their honeymoon. Another cheque had paid for an instalment on their first car. He picked up still another cheque and remembered with fatherly pride how he had written it out to the hospital when their daughter was born. And then there was the deposit on their first home . . .
After several hours of sorting through their financial records, Allen realised how much he and his wife had invested in their marriage. He paused, deep in thought for several minutes. Then he closed the file and dialled his wife’s number. After an awkward exchange he blurted out the reason for his call. Would she work with him to rebuild their marriage?
While a family crisis such as Allen and Jean’s may be foreign to some of us, the message of their family’s finances is common. It is the story of our lives. It tells of our values, how much we save, what we spend, to whom we give. In fact, our bank statements tell us more about our priorities than does anything else.
That’s why Jesus talked so much about money. Sixteen of the 38 parables were concerned with how to handle money and possessions. Indeed, Jesus Christ said more about money than about almost any other subject. The Bible offers 500 verses on prayer, fewer than 500 verses on faith, but more than 2,350 verses on money and possessions.
The Lord said a lot about it because He wants us to know His perspective on this critical area of life. He dealt with money matters because money does matter.