October 21, 2018
THE PURPOSE OF MONEY
Money is not to be trusted. There is a reason our forefathers put “In God We Trust” on our money. We don’t put our faith in money, we put it in God. Money is to be used. If God has made some rich, and everyone in the U.S. is rich by the world’s standards, then He gave it to us to do good in the world.
Hoarding money will impoverish the soul. Using money for good makes one truly rich. Money can be used to make us truly rich in three ways:
1) Rich in good works.
2) Rich in generosity.
3) Rich in sharing with others.
The purpose of money is that it be used to do good.
October 21, 2017
Pull your trust off of your dead idols (i.e. worldly wealth) and put your trust in the living God! This is Paul’s command to those who are “rich in this present age.” Don’t get the big head about having more stuff than someone else. After all, it is the Lord who “gives” us whatever we have, whether in this age, or in the age to come. Besides, worldly wealth is “uncertain.” It can be gone in a moment. But the inheritance we have in Christ Jesus “is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you” (1 Pet. 1:4).
October 21, 2014
Money is a means of exchange, a morally neutral thing that is useful when rightly used. Yet, the love of money is idolatry. It puts money in the place of God. Rather than saying “in God we trust,” it puts its trust in money. The one who loves money sees serving God as a means to get more money, rather than money being a means to serve God. How can we tell if the love of money has infected our hearts? When we feel unable to give to His ministry, or to go on His mission, we may be suffering from the love of money. Giving is the antidote to greed.
October 21, 2013
“Take hold” (seize with focused resolve) of the prize of your salvation which is eternal life, and by implication do not try and take hold of worldly things. Focus on the prize. Live as a soldier in a foreign land, not becoming entangled in worldly pursuits, focusing on the victor’s crown of eternal life. What’s in your hand? Release that which is worldly and take hold of that which is eternal and don’t let go.