King Joash thought he had the solution to the temple needing repairs. He told the priests to take charge of the collections brought to the temple and to use them to pay for any repairs needed. However, several years later the repair work still hadn’t been done. While the priests had taken the money, they hadn’t repaired the temple.
Joash then took the matter out of the priests hands and the money was given to others who would pay the workers directly. Despite the money not being used correctly for years, Joash did not set up some elaborate accounting and checking system to ensure that the money was used properly. Joash depended upon the integrity of those whom he trusted, to get the job done and to use the finances correctly. Isn’t it wonderful to read the words above from 2 Kings 15 – ‘… they acted with complete honesty’. Of course Joash could have been cheated and the money used inappropriately, but he chose to depend on people’s integrity.
In all aspects of life Christians should be known for acting with complete honesty. This is no less true in dealing with finances. Whether the finances are personal, or business should not make any difference – complete honesty is needed. Despite what many individuals and businesses think, this must also involve tax liabilities.
Paul, writing in 2 Timothy 3:2-5, talks about the end times where he states that ‘people will be … lovers of money, … lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God …’
In all aspects of your personal and business finances are you known for complete honesty?