Summary: This sermon takes a look at problems associated with handling money and then explains God’s plan for handling money.
Sometimes we have blind spots when it comes to money. In one of the Dennis the Menace cartoon strips Dennis catches his friend Joey trying to get a paper out of the machine without paying any money. He said, “Wait, Joey. First you have to put in the money... and then you can get all the papers you want.” (Contributed to Sermon Central by: Greg Yount)Obviously Dennis had a blind spot.
Sylvester Stallone, Judas and Dennis the Menace illustrate the powerful force exerted by money. It can create problems for us.
A. The first problem we face in handling money is that it can cause worry (vs. 25). "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?” (NKJV) Jesus indicated the concern for life’s basic needs: food, clothing and water can cause us to worry due to money.
Jesus wanted to help His followers overcome worry. That is my desire today. One church blundered on their church sign by posting this message “Don’t let worry kill you. Let the church help.”
Ill- What is amazing about worry is that most of what we worry about never materializes. John Haggai tells the story of a woman who worried for 40 years that she was going to die of cancer. Every pain in the stomach was cancer, and she was running to the doctor over each little hurt. She died at age 73 of pneumonia. She had worried for over 40 years over the wrong disease! Worry is a waste of time and energy. (Contributed to Sermon Central by: Timothy Smith)
B. A second problem we face in handling money is that it can lower the quality of life. Jesus asked a vitally important question: "Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? (vs. 27...NKJV)
Someone has described this situation well.
Money can buy a bed…but it cannot buy sleep.
Money can buy amusements but it cannot buy
Money can buy companions but it cannot buy
Money can buy books but it cannot buy brains.
Money can buy a house but it cannot buy a home.
Money can buy medicine but it cannot buy health.
Money can buy flattery but it cannot buy respect.
A Gallup poll illustrated how money can detract from life. The poll revealed that: 64% of all couples argue over money issues….And … this is also the #1 cause for all divorces… 54% of all divorces are over money issues… (Contributed to Sermon Central by: Mike Harris)
C. A third problem we face in handling money is that it can lead to bondage. Jesus said ``You cannot serve two masters: God and money.” (Mt. 6:24 NKJV)
Ill- Did you know that during the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco that during the first half of the construction 23 men fell to their deaths in the waters below. It was so dangerous that they stopped construction. Then they built a huge net under the bridge at a cost of $100,000, so if anyone did fall they would not be hurt. During the second half of the construction only 8 men fell and of course, none of them died. But here’s the amazing thing… during the last half of construction the work proceeded at 25% greater efficiency. Having the net under them didn’t make them more careless it made them more confident & more efficient. (Contributed to Sermon Central by: Timothy Smith) Those workers experienced a new freedom. Money, and the worry that travels with it, can place you in bondage.