Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Momentum in Our Finances Part 2

(I am teaching three sessions at a local Christian Conference called Momentum on March 19.  The first session deals with our finances and using them for God's Kingdom.  I have broken the talk up into 5 different sections.  This is part number 2.)

In this climate of economic uncertainty we need to take to heart Jesus’s teaching on wealth:
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.  Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 
“Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. 
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 
“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.  And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? 
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. (Matthew 6:19-34; NLT)

I think three truths should pop out at us from this passage. The first is that material wealth is not the most important thing, because they are just temporary. The second is that we can trust God to provide for our needs, just as He provides for the needs of flowers and birds. The third truth is that we don’t need to be worried about tomorrow, rather we should seek God’s Kingdom above all else. If we are going to have momentum in our finances it begins at this point: Trusting God.  You don't know what tomorrow holds, but we can know the One who holds tomorrow.

What I want to do with the rest of this series  is to offer two thoughts that flow out of trusting God in the realm of our finances: (1) We are called to be stewards.  (2) We are called to be generous.

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