Jesus on Money
Money does not determine your character, it reveals it. Both generosity and greed are found among the rich and poor alike.
This week the Powerball lottery jackpot is at an all-time high- over one billion dollars! People are literally lining up to purchase lottery tickets in hopes of overnight riches!
Jesus spoke often of money, and explained why – because “where your treasure is there your heart will be also.”
Jesus warned that we not fall into the endless trap of accumulating possessions. He wasn’t speaking against saving money, but against the spirit of greed and always wanting more.
Jesus warned against the fear of lack. Our Father is good and has promised to provide for our every need!
Jesus encouraged us to be generous!
“Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.”Luke 12:33 ESV
Where gratitude is present generosity is practiced and greed is broken.
How do we develop a grateful, generous spirit?
- Tithe. Tithing begins with the recognition that God is the provider of all that I have. In appreciation for God’s blessing I return a tenth of my income to Him. Tithing breaks the curse of poverty and greed over my life, because I am putting God FIRST.
- Give. Beyond tithing I can give – to individuals, to the church, to the needy, to whomever God leads! Giving releases multiplication. Jesus said you are more blessed to give than to receive.
- Steward. Poor financial stewardship can sabotage the blessing of God in your life. Be disciplined, be consistent, be faithful – these are all qualities of a good steward. Stewardship causes increase. When you are faithful in little things, God blesses you with more.
Money issues are rarely money issues – they are heart issues.
Father- our human tendency is to be selfish and greedy. Today I choose to be grateful and generous. Help me to give my best out of a sincere heart of gratitude. Amen.