Not surprisingly, Jesus talked about money! One-sixth of the Gospels, and one-third of the parables address the subject of stewardship…and He talked about money and treasures. But Jesus was no fundraiser. Do you know why He dealt with money matters? BECAUSE MONEY DOES MATTER!
WE CANNOT DENY IT! MONEY DOES MATTER! Money affects our way of living: Money affects our perception…Money affects our attitude…Money affects our life…And more importantly, MONEY affects our SPIRITUALITY.
God has given us 3 ways to invest in eternity: Time, Talents, Treasures. Two of these are up for discussion and we approach them with open mind. We can never seem to hear enough about them, BUT the third seems to be nobody else’s business.
The preacher who fails to address time and how we spend it is considered derelict in his duty. The preacher who overlooks teaching on talents and gifts that help the church body to grow is not doing his job. But let a man address the subject on treasures and he’s back in that age-old subject that “he is just trying to get our money”.
In Matthew 6:19-34, Jesus Christ showed 3 ways money could affect us when we have the wrong perspective…
I. It takes away our focus from the most important things (v.19-20)
The problem with us sometimes is that we invest on the wrong things…prioritizing the wrong things and forgetting what really matters most in life (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). Not only do we invest on the wrong things but we also invest on the wrong place with the wrong reason…investing on the temporary things rather than in eternity
II. It produce a trust issue (v.21)
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. Christ did not say, “For where your heart is, there your treasure will be also”. Your treasure does not follow your heart…your heart follows your treasure. There is a trust issue here. Where will I place my trust? Shall I place my trust on my job, my material things or the money I place in the bank knowing that these things can disappear in an instance? Or shall I place my trust in God knowing that there is nothing that I have that did not come from Him (Deuteronomy 10:14). When we invest on temporary things then we get attached to temporary things, but when we invest on eternal things then we get attached to eternal things
III. It breeds anxiety
NOW why do we work and earn money? In order to be secured! BUT why is it that the more we earn money, the more we learn that we are not secured? Instead of gaining security, money breeds insecurity! It’s not really how much you are getting but how much you can trust the one who provides it…knowing that as long as I pursue God’s will for His kingdom and righteousness then everything else I pursue will be added to me…THAT IS MORE THAN SECURITY!
NOW, HOW DO WE MAINTAIN A GOOD PERSPECTIVE ON MONEY? You’ll be surprised to know that the solution to a right perspective on money is GIVING!! There is no better indicator of spiritual growth than in the area of giving. How much you give allows you to measure where you are already in your spiritual life.
The important rule of thumb when it comes to giving is not how much we give BUT HOW MUCH IS LEFT AFTER GIVING! My giving does not make God any richer because everything belongs to Him anyway…My giving makes me richer spiritually because of the realization that this world is not our home…and the more we think that this world is not our home the closer we are to God and closer to home.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”
“For what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul”