Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Psalm 24:1, 1 Timothy 6:10, Matthew 6:24–6:34, Luke 12:16–12:21
(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 God.
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 reinforce our attitudes. It's a continuous loop that can work for us or against us.
We all have a money temperament where we tend toward either being more of a saver or a spender. We're all somewhere along that spectrum. One isn't better than the other—it just tells us what we need to watch out for and what our vulnerability to certain temptations might be.
The issue of saving is where money and the future collide. So depending on our money temperament, as spenders we can be oblivious to the future or as savers we can be obsessed with the future.
Luke 12:16-21 NIV
And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.' "Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry."' "But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?' "This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God."
Matthew 6:25-34 NIV
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Is my trust in what I’ve saved OR is my trust in the One who’s saved me?
Our homework for this week is to begin (or continue) to save money for an emergency fund. Instead of spending everything you get in the present, set aside a portion of that for unforeseen expenses in the future.