I had the privilege of teaching the Freshmen class at West Coast Baptist College this morning, and I wanted to share the outline of that session with you here:
To have victory and peace in the area of finances, it’s important that the Christian understand the following four things about money.
I. WHAT IT IS
By Definition: “something used as a way to pay for goods and services and to pay people for work.
By Application: What does it mean to us in our lives? By itself, money is morally neutral; but we live in a sin-cursed world and the world promotes a message that is opposed to God’s plan for money
II. WHOSE IT IS.
“The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” Psalm 24:1
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO ME?
As a steward, we are to faithful with Everything God has entrusted us with; our health, our testimony, our family, our resources.
WHO BEARS THE BURDEN?
The Owner. Acknowledge God’s ownership and let Him bear all the burdens!
III. HOW GOD VIEWS IT.
* It can draw us into idolatry. Col. 3:5; 1 Tim. 6:17
* It can destroy lives. 1 Tim. 6:9-10
* It should be a mean to invest our resources in eternity
*It should be a mean to further the Kingdom of God.
IV. ITS POTENTIAL IN TWO KINGDOMS
Two Treasuries: the Temporal, the Eternal
We can make deposits in our eternal treasury which will last forever, or, by default, we will make deposits in the temporal treasury which will perish by fire. (see 1 Cor. 3:11-15, and notice that “fire” is mentioned three times)
Temporal- leads to squandered time and resources; worry,fear, misplaced trust and loss of opportunity.
Eternal- impacts every decision you make, and as your money flows toward the things of God (Missions, the needy, church building), your heart will indeed follow. Matt. 6:21)
God or Mammon> we cannot love, trust or serve both.
In the area of money, Christians are drawn to live by sight, managing and trusting what we can see and touch. Managing finances according to God’s plan Requires faith- that is how He receives glory! By going beyond what we can ask or think!
A parting thought: Can we truly give Christ the preeminence in our lives, die to self, pick up our cross daily and have that Not affect our finances?