Summary: Forty Questions to Ask Yourself About Finances - (Luke 6:38) Evaluative criteria to help you decide how to best invest for eternity
Forty Questions to Ask Yourself about Finances - Luke 6:38
"Give and it will be given to you...For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." (Luke 6:38)
Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure; where your treasure is, there is your heart; where your heart is, there is your happiness.
Fact:In Matthew, Mark, and Luke 1 out of every 6 verses deals with money. Of the 29 parables Christ told, 16 deal with a person and his money.
Quote:I have tried to keep things in my hands and lost them all, but what I have given into God’s hands I still possess.
God’s Words to Guide Your Evaluation and Answers
a). "You may say to yourself, ’My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth." (Deuteronomy 8:17-18)
b). "The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world and all who live in it." (Psalm 24:1)
d). "Your plenty will supply what they need…You will be made rich in every way so you can be generous on every occasion." (2 Corinthians 8:14; 9:11)
e). "God loves a cheerful giver." (2 Corinthians 9:7)
f)."Do not store up treasures on earth…Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven." (Matthew 6:19-20)
g)."We will all stand before God’s judgment seat. Each of us will given an account of himself to God." (Romans 14:12)
h)."To whom much is given, of him will much be required" (Luke 12:48)
i). "It is required of a steward that he be found faithful." (1 Corinthians 4:2)
j). "But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand." (I Chronicles 29:14)
k). Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world and it is certain that we will not carry anything out. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil." (I Tim. 6:10)
l). "Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life." (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
m). "I have learned to be content with whatever the circumstances I am in. I can do everything God asks me to do with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power." (Phil. 4:12,13)
n). "If you fully obey the Lord your God... all these blessings will come upon you... the Lord will grant you abundant prosperity - in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground." (Deut. 28:1,2,11)
o). "Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion. For God loves a cheerful giver." (2 Cor. 9:6,7)
Forty Questions to Ask Yourself About Giving:
1. "Five minutes after I die, what will I wish I would have given away while I still had the chance? Help me spend the rest of my life closing the gap between what I’ll wish I’d given then and what I’m actually giving now. Empower me to help others do the same. What can I do with my resources for God’s greater glory?"
2. "Lord, is the fact that you’ve entrusted me with so many resources an indication You have given me the gift of giving and You want me to learn to exercise it more frequently and skillfully?"
3. "What am I holding onto that’s robbing me of present joy and future reward? What am I keeping that’s preventing me from having to depend on You? What am I clinging to that makes me feel like I don’t have to depend on You to provide, like I used to before I had so much? What do You want me to release that could restore me to a walk of faith?"
4. "In light of 2 Cor. 8:14 and 9:11, Lord, do You want me to assume that each financial blessing You entrust to me is not intended to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving?"