Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Psalm 24:1, 1 Timothy 6:10, Matthew 6:24, Luke 12:15
(1) Money ultimately belongs to God… all of it.
Psalm 24:1 NIV
The earth is the lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;
(2) Money is inherently amoral. By itself, it is neither good nor evil.
1 Timothy 6:10 NIV
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
(3) Money can be a God-substitute and keep us from worshipping Him.
Matthew 6:24 NIV
"No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
Money Attitudes and Money Actions
Not only do our attitudes about money influence our actions with money, but our actions with money can also shape our attitudes. It’s a continuous loop: Beliefs affect behavior, but then behaviors reinforce beliefs.
Greed tempts our hearts to redefine what we really “need” for a meaningful and happy life. Greed tell us that the cure to our sadness and discontent is just one more purchase away.
Luke 12:15 NIV
Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions."
The Cure for Greed
It's not just enough to try to resist greed. The cure for greed is worship. It’s putting God first in your life and pursuing Him daily with all your heart. That powerful temptation of greed in your life needs to be replaced with something stronger, and that something stronger is none other than Jesus Himself. “He is the Way. He is the Truth. He is the LIFE.”
Track Your Spending
Starting today, and all throughout this week (or even better, this month), track your spending… all of it. Write it down. Everything you spend, even the smallest amount, jot it down. You can use a pen and paper, a computer spreadsheet, or an app on your smart phone. It doesn't matter how you write it down, just do it. If you don’t know how you’re spending your money and where it’s going, then it’s going to be really hard to change your situation.
Spending Actions #1
(1) Tracking your spending is the first step in you controlling your spending, rather than your spending controlling you.
Spending Actions #2
(2) Tracking your spending makes you accountable and forces you to take responsibility.
Next week, we’ll continue our Money 101 series with a look at saving. We know it’s something we should do, but how can we make it work? And what are the spiritual implications of saving? Pastor Dan will walk us through the Bible to help us get God’s perspective on set money aside for the future.