Summary: What is your relationship with money? More importantly, how does your money impact your relationship with God? In our Scripture today, Jesus gives us keys on redefining our understanding of money and the role that it plays in our lif
A wealthy, older gentleman had just recently married a lovely young lady 40 years younger than him, and was beginning to wonder whether she might have married him for his money. So he asked her, "Tell me the truth: if I lost all my money, would you still love me?" She said reassuringly, "Oh honey, don’t be silly. Of course I would still love you. And I’d miss you terribly." Let me ask you a question this morning: what is your relationship with money? More importantly, how does your money impact your relationship with God?
In our Scripture today, Jesus gives us keys on redefining our understanding of money and the role that it plays in our life. It's amazing the attention Jesus gave to money. Jesus spoke more on the topic of money than on any other subject, 7 times more than he did about prayer! Why is this single subject such a priority for Jesus? Because how you handle your money impacts your relationship with God. Jesus said, "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal." Too many of us fall into the trap of being consumers and hoarders. Jill Winter has written a book entitled, “I Have Nothing to Wear.” How many of you ladies have said that? Most people have clothes they never wear in their closets that are either out of style or no longer fit. But we do other things as well. Anybody ever buy an article of clothing, take it home and you never wore it? Jill says, what you need to do is de-clutter. She says we need to get rid of 75% of our clothes by either throwing it away because it’s in such bad shape and out of style. Or just donate it. That's what Jesus is saying: instead of storing up things here on earth, "Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven….For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Verse 20-21
Money is the most concrete measure of your faith. We could talk about faith and what you believe all day long, but Jesus says the true window to what you value and what you depend upon in life is demonstrated by how you handle money. I have a friend Ron Morris who says, If you want to know your priorities, balance your check book. Where you spend your money is the truest measure of your relationship with God and what you really value in life. When you think about it, we have all types of frivolous expenditures. When several people began to look closely at their spending, one woman found that she was spending $50 a month on magazines she picked up in the grocery checkout line. One man found that he was spending $45 a week on cigarettes. Other frivolous expenses can include gourmet coffees, designer handbags or clothing, eating out for lunch, junk food, shoes, movies channels on cable… Here's the question to ask when Jesus says “where your treasure is, there your heart is also”: when you look at that bank statement, what part of that serves God? The tougher question is: what could you be giving to serve God or what could you give up to give more to God? All of us have frivolous expenses which are keeping us from maximizing our sacrificial giving.