Summary: In today’s world many are struggling financially, this series is to help us understand how to be rich in a way that honors God ( Adapted from a series by Craig Groeschel, lifechurch.tv)
As a parent, when I had young children, I remember times that I would give something to one of my children and ask them to share it with their brother/sister. For example you are on a trip in the car and hand child “A” a bag of French fries and ask them to share it with their brother/sister. Before long a fight breaks out. Upon investigation I discover that child “A” does not want to share what I gave them with child “B”. So, I take the French fries back from them. It seems that child “A” forgot I was the provider of the French fries. You might say, in their world, I am the God of their French fries.
Child “A”, like many of us, begins to think that what we have is ours and forget that …
God is the one who gave it to us and
He is the one- determines how we are to use it
Bible talks a lot about money and about being generous in our giving.
God does not need your money or my money.
Bible talks about money because money and way we handle- reveals the spiritual condition of our hearts
Question: How many would like to be known as a below average giver?
Most of us probably would not want to wear that badge, however last week we learned …
The more people have, the less they tend to give, the less people have the more they tend to give.
The richer we become, the more likely we will become a below average giver.
Average American- gives 2-3% of their income.
Those below $10,000 in earnings give 5.2%.
Now, we are not below average in everything.
Many of us are above average spenders.
We know how to shop, find sales, save lots of money.
Some- such good spenders- not only do we spend all that we have, we spend more than we earn.
Over 292 million credit cards in use in- US. Average consumer- 13 credit obligations between credit cards/installment loans. Total consumer debt in US, not including mortgages- $2.5 trillion- we are living beyond our means.
We are in a series- How to be rich.
Not how to get rich- how to be rich and honor God.
Strange time- talk about money- economic turndown.
However, in times like this- good to remind ourselves to live our lives by principle, not by circumstances.
First week looked at- good news and bad news.
Good news is that you are rich.
If earn 45K- in top 1% of wage earners.
When we compare ourselves w/world- we are rich.
Bad news is that you are rich.
Being rich- one of our greatest spiritual challenges …
easy to trust in riches, rather than trust in God.
Good news- you are rich, bad news- you are rich.
Last week we talked about the deceitfulness of riches.
Wealth- deceitful- promises things- cannot deliver.
Promises security/happiness-which only God can give
It causes us never to be satisfied with what we have.
Giving with Intent
Since we are rich- Why did God make us rich?
As we look around at the rich in our nation- obvious conclusion- so they can buy/have/consume more.
Very rarely would I say, based on my observations- God made people rich,
not so they can get more,
but so they can give more.
I have seen a few- as their resources increase, their lifestyle has remained relatively constant.