Summary: Second of three messages dealing with giving and money.
Every Christian serious about a deeper walk with God and greater impact in our world must incorporate some disciplines indented to increase capacity for a deeper walk as a way of life.
One such discipline has to do with personal sacrifice. Someone estimate that 17% of what Jesus said related to wealth and money. Scripture boldly addresses issues related to money – perhaps more than many other subjects. Its mention would at least rank in the top ten most addressed topics of the Bible. Paul clearly warned of its destructive power.
Jesus drew clear lines when it comes to money.
"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. Matthew 6:24 (quickview)
The only way to prevent money from capturing our heart is to become stewards rather than owners. We need to become conduits rather than consumers. We need to be motivated by grace not greed. The only way to do that is to develop a healthy habit of giving.
"The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Matthew 13:44 (quickview)
We are reluctant to give sacrificially because we have not discovered the treasure. Where are you storing your treasure?
I.Benefits of Faithful giving
A. Develops and demonstrates devotion to God.
B. Provides for eternity and binds the heart to eternal concerns
C. Releases the heart to fully serve God.
D. Brings satisfying eternal reward now and later.
E. Develops unity among believers
F. Reflects the giving nature of our Heavenly Father
Understanding the benefits of faithful regular giving is only a part of embracing the discipline.
We need to know and embrace some basic Biblical fundamental financial principles.
II.General Financial Principles
A. Proper approach to Wealth
1. Realize that all wealth belongs to God
"But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 8:18 (quickview)
2.Invest in eternal pursuits.
"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:19-21 (quickview)
storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed. 1 Tim. 6:19
"But God said to him, ’You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ "So is the man who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." Luke 12:20-21 (quickview)