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October 23, 2018, 9:21 AM

Money, Money, Money, Money...MONEY!


Money is the root of all evil. True or false statement? Go ahead, I'll give you 10 seconds to think about your answer. 

The answer is...FALSE. In 1 Timothy 6:10 Paul reminds Timothy that the LOVE of money is the root of all sorts of evil. Money is an inanimate object. On it's own it's neither good nor bad.  It actually is used for all kinds of good. Money supports missionaries in poor countries. Money builds wells so people can have clean drinking water. Money helps fight cancer, sends kids to college, and keeps orphanages going. 

Money is also used for some terrible things. Money is at the root of many sex crimes. Money keeps the drug business going, and money is behind much of the abortion industry. 

Money can be used for good or bad. Here is what I think we must understand about money. Money comes from God. Therefore we must use it with that mindset. 

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

If I believe this then there are a few things about money that I must know:

1. It all comes from God. 

It's not MY money. It's not MY house. Its not MY retirement. It all comes from God. I do not have this money because I deserve it. You may have earned it with your hard work and your wise investments, but who allowed you to do that? This changes everything when we believe this. It's not mine. 

2. I must serve God's purpose with my money. 

This might include how you spend your money to go to college. It might also include investing in the right business. Here's what it ultimately comes down to...is your money available to serve God's purpose in your life? When you view it as our money then we might be a little selfish with it. God might have a big dream for you and your money, but if we can't see our money being a part of God's purpose we might just miss it. 

3. We must have a loose grip on our money. 

I did a lot of searching and the most accurate number I could come up with was that the average Christian gives about 2.4% of their income back to the church. Now I know that people may give to other parachurch organizations, but the numbers don't lie. Why do we struggle to tithe back to God? It's OUR money. When God asks for 10% back of our money that seems a bit extreme. We have bills to pay. We have kids to feed. We are trying to add on to our house or build a new one. We are trying to save to send our kids to school. Our kids need braces. We have medical bills. 

I live in the same world all of you live in. I have kids who eat me out of house and home. I have a kid that needs braces. I have medical bills coming out my ears. I don't care what excuses you and I have our money is not our own. 

In 1 Corithians 6:20 Paul reminds us that we have been bought with a price. Our salvation has been bought with the blood of Christ. We have given our lives to God. Part of that life is our checkbook, and it all comes down to trust. Like I said, I have all the excuses, too. My wife and I work hard to support our family and there's not much left over. BUT...it's all God's. I must trust him with my money, and I must trust him that he will provide for my needs. 

When it all comes down it the issue is not dollars and cents...its trust. Do you trust God or do you not? 

You must answer that question. 


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