Sermon Synopsis for March 12
Each year, a multitude of money management books are pumped off of printing presses. It’s strange that there is so much concern regarding what to do with money, when people seem to have more of it than ever before. Frantic consumers gyrate between gurus, looking for answers that seem to allude them. Because they never consider the spiritual matters related to money, they are never able to arrive at the truth. While much of the financial advice on the market is sound, it isn’t of much practical good unless one first addresses the heart issues related to spending, saving, and budgeting. Thankfully, God’s Word is replete with wisdom for the issue. In it we find two biblical principles for proper money management.
THE INVESTMENT PRINCIPLE
When I was in my mid-twenties, I began investing for retirement. My new pursuit made me learn a lot about the types of investments available. As believers, we need to learn about spiritual investing. Scripture teaches that we are continually investing in one of two kingdoms. We can either invest in the world or in the Lord. Jesus taught this principle in Matthew 6:19-21. Unfortunately, many believers have a non-diversified portfolio when it comes to their stewardship of what God has given them. They consistently invest in one kingdom — the kingdom of the world. Because of their actions, three tragic results ensue. They never experience true contentment in life, they ultimately lose out on the best things of life, and they guarantee a loss of spiritual reward at the final judgment. If you want to handle your resources well, learn the investment principle. Don’t place all your stock in the things of this world, invest some in the things of the Lord.
THE MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLE
On top of proper investing, financially wise folks know how to manage their money well. The Bible is replete with insight concerning this principle. In his writings, Paul spoke of it. He described the way in which those who have been given responsibility should be faithful in regard to it (see 1 Corinthians 4:2). As beings made in the image of God, we have been charged to take dominion over all creation (Genesis 1:28). Surely part of our responsibility lies in the area of money management. Sadly, many believers believe otherwise. They believe age old lies about wealth and stewardship. They assume that money management isn’t a spiritual issue, that money is given primarily for self-oriented pursuits, and that the way in which they manage their money doesn’t affect others. If you want to be a good steward, learn to handle your resources according the Lord maxims. What you have isn’t just for you. It has also been given to you for the good of others and the glory of Christ’s Kingdom.
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