Summary: What is your use of money saying about you?
A. One evening a husband was balancing the checkbook and said to his wife, “You know the old saying, ‘money talks’? Well, ours just said, ’So long!’”
1. I know that we all feel that way sometimes, don’t we?
2. The world we live in runs on money, and it seems that we never have enough of it.
B. Understanding the way money works and having the right perspective on it is not always easy.
1. One day a mother stopped at her local bank and allowed her 6 year-old daughter to help her push the proper buttons at the ATM.
2. When the money came out of the machine the little girl squealed excitedly, “Look, Mommy, we won!”
3. We all know that that is not the way it works! Even though we wish it did!
C. The rich are very often the objects of other people’s envy.
1. They drive expensive cars, live in mansions, wear custom-tailored clothes, flash expensive jewelry and travel to exotic places.
2. We sometimes look at them and wish we could swap places.
3. But listen to the words of some people who have a lot of money.
4. Listen to this quote from H. Ross Perot published in Fortune Magazine, “Remember, if you get real lucky, if you make a lot of money, if you go out and buy a lot of stuff –it’s gonna break. You got your biggest, fanciest mansion in the world. It has air conditioning. It’s got a pool. Just think of all the pumps that are going to go out. Or go to a yacht basin in any place in the world. Nobody is smiling, and I’ll tell you why. Something broke that morning. The generator’s out; the microwave doesn’t work…Things just don’t mean happiness.”
5. The American dream may be simply that, just ask actor Brad Pitt.
6. Pitt said in an interview for the Rolling Stone, “Once you got everything, then you’re just left with yourself…it doesn’t help you sleep any better,, and you don’t wake up any better because of it.
7. Material wealth never satisfies the soul!
D. We might fantasize about what it would be like to live like the rich and famous, but we need to realize that the unqualified yearning for money and the things it can buy is spiritually unhealthy.
1. When we read our Bibles, we notice that the rich are often the objects of divine scorn and condemnation.
2. Luke 6:24-25 reads, “But woe to you that are rich, for you have already received your comfort. Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.”
3. In Luke 18:24, Jesus said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
E. The point of such stinging rebukes is not to teach that there is sin in being rich, nor merit in being poor.
1. It is God who gives certain of his people the ability to achieve wealth (Deut. 8:18), and it is God who sometimes shows the sign of his special favor upon an individual by giving them an abundant increase of wealth (e.g., Abraham).
2. The Bible also declares that poverty is sometimes caused by laziness and forbids the church to assist a person in such circumstances (2 Thess. 3:10).
3. So, what, then, is the main point that God wants us to know about earthly riches?