29-November-2020

The Stewardship of Money
Or:
Making the Most of Our Dollars

Text: “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil: which some reaching after have been led astray from the faith, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows”. 1 Timothy 6:10  From: 1 Timothy 6:3-19
What is money?
Is it life transmuted into currency?
Or is it a naturalized citizen of all lands and speaks all languages, and can be at work wherever the sun shines?
It is dirty stuff, even in a pandemic we handle what others have handled when it comes to money.
There is a scripture that calls it “filthy lucre”.  
Money rules the world.
Jesus called it an other god over against the real God.
“You cannot serve God and mammon”.
It is the sign and symbol of our material possessions.
How about: “Money, pure and simple, is the god of the average normal.  Lesser gods are bluff, show and fake, all members of the same club.  Get money! Is a slogan.  Make good in that, never mind how!”.  From Louis E. Bisch in his book: Be Glad You’re Neurotic.
Money represents our labor, our investment of time, talent, and skill, our choice of life’s purposes.
The way we spend money represents the real desires of our hearts, the secret motives by which our lives are guided.
Christians should be concerned about their stewardship of money.
Godliness and contentment is the goal of the  Christian, not accumulated wealth.
How about some truths about this resource we have to use for God and His Kingdom.
Money is itself amoral.
It is neither good or bad.
The Bible does not say that money is the root of all sorts of evil.
It is the love for it that leads people astray.
Once again we are speaking of an attitude by which we live.
Money is a gift of God to us but as in everything else we are to be good stewards of this gift, using it for the Glory of God and the benefit of others.
The best work we can do is not for money, but rather, for the joy of achievement and the love of God and others.
The best music was not written for money but to Glorify God.
Most great achievements were not done for money but for the advancement of mankind.
The Gospel is our business, we work to pay the expenses in the accomplishment of the Gospel.
Listen to this poem titled “I Am Money”.
Dug from the mountainside, washed in the glen, Servant am I, or the Master of men, Steal me, I curse you, Earn me, I bless you, Grasp me and hoard me, a fiend shall possess you. Lie for me, die for me, Covet me, take me, Angel or devil, I am what you make me.  Unknown
The wrong attitude toward money is immoral.
The love of money is self-destructive, self-condemning, and harmful.
To covet, to be greedy and ruthless in pursuit of it, to let our lust for money become the overpowering passion of our lives is morally wrong and self-destructive.
To love money is to move away from God.
Nothing can come before our love for Him.
There is an old saying that “Not everyone can handle riches”.
It can have a destroying influence making it easier to be poor rather than rich.
Putting money first in our lives will bring grief and sorrow on ourselves and on others.
Those who chase money will pierce themselves through with many sorrows.  1 Tim. 6:10
Emerson once stated: “The worst thing about money is that it costs so much.”
Often people have paid for their fortunes with every good thing in their lives.
They ended up with money, but they had not one thing besides and it often leads them to end their own lives.
The possession of money may lead to worldly pride.
Paul warns Timothy to pass on to those who are already rich in this present world to not be high-minded, nor have their hope set on the uncertainty of riches.
Wealth is not the problem.
The problem is how one makes money, how one uses it, and to whom that person considers themselves to be accountable.
Money can bring false pride in oneself.
Money can buy things but not a healthy state of mind.
It can buy amusements but not a savior, a church building but not heaven.
Faith in the power of the money we possess will prove to be a false faith.
Do not set your hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.
The reign of material things is only temporary at best, and at worst it can be taken from us in a night.
It is better to die impoverished in purse, than in soul.
The right attitude toward and use of money is moral.
Such an attitude will please God and bless the world.
The right attitude toward money is to use it as a servant of God, who is the owner, and as a servant of our fellow humans.
This attitude will bless us here and now.
Paul states that it is more blessed to give than to receive.
God’s revelation is about such.
Giving, if rightly motivated, becomes an investment in eternal securities.
It is laying up treasures in heaven, safe and secure.
When we give that others may be blessed, we recover life.

The right attitude toward and use of money will bless us in our posterity, in our children after us.
There is a story of Mrs. Mac who raised five children by herself, sent them to college, gave them faith in God and gave God the first and best of her earning.
People thought she was foolish to live as she did.
Seventeen preachers came out of the little country church she supported so bravely.
Three of her own sons became ministers, one a Christian businessman, and her daughter a minister’s wife.
The right attitude toward and use of money will bless us in heaven.
The New Testament is very clear on this.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth consume, and where thieves do not break through nor steal”
Matt. 6:19-20
Send your wealth on to heaven by being generous while on earth.
Think of arriving at the pearly gates and being greeted by someone with a shining face saying, Welcome, I’ve been looking for you to come.  I wanted to greet the one whose investment of money in God’s work changed my life and opened heaven for me.
The right attitude toward and use of money will bless the work of the kingdom of God.
John Wesley had a famous sermon on stewardship that had three points.
1. Get all you can, 2. Save all you can, and 3. Give all you can.
Wesley practiced what he preached in the matter of the stewardship of money.
He began giving what he could from the beginning and he raised the amount as his salary increased.
It is recorded that he gave in excess of 30,00 pounds over his lifetime.
What is your attitude toward money?
How do you get money?
How do you use it?
The answer to these questions makes all the difference in the world.
Years ago Horace Bushnell said, “One more revival, only one, is needed, the revival of Christian stewardship, the consecration of money power to God.  When that revival comes, the kingdom of God will come in a day.”
He died in 1876, and this last great revival has not yet come.
God grant that it may come now, and that it may begin in your heart and mine today.
When we commit everything to God He comes in a mighty way!


 

 

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