Having spent over a decade in the financial services industry I have a bold statement to make about money:
It is clear that our friends, families, and neighbors have a problem with money.
I had a huge problem with money. My financial plan had enough holes to make Swiss cheese jealous, but not enough to repurpose and sell as an overpriced tex-mex dip. Up to our eyeballs in debt, we sold everything and moved to the land of cowboy boots, music, and hipsters. We landed in the proverbial buckle of the Bible Belt: Nashville! In God’s kindness, he saved me and my loving wife Becky shortly thereafter.
That’s when everything changed.
Gone was the desire to make $300k plus a year. In its place was a weird desire to stand on corners to share the gospel and teach others to do the same. Gone was the desire for the big house, lavish vacations, and 06 Mustang that I once drove.
In its place was an obsession with Jesus and a desire that others know the truth at any cost to myself, family, or financial situation.
Money is not good or bad; in fact, often as believers, we are given more of it in order to be the means by which the love of God can be poured into a broken world. Money is also a test of your character and a primary means by which God grows your dependence on his provision. Jesus is ultimately concerned with the posture of your heart.
4 FREE Toe Stubbing Questions Coming Up
How seriously do you take the command from Jesus to lay up your treasures in HIS Kingdom?
How closely does your life resemble the book of ACTS? (When was the last time you read it and realized they have the same Spirit you do…)
Have you prayerfully considered that you spend money on what you love?
What does your spending say about your commitment to reach others with the gospel that has so changed you?
Correct doctrine, while overlooking application is not Christianity at Mall.
Lay Up Treasures in Heaven
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and money.