How Does God View Money?

How Does God View Money?

HOW DOES GOD VIEW MONEY?

PROBLEM

  • How does God view money? (Add cheers)
  • How does GVOM lead to a better relationship with Jesus Christ?
  • Can wealth separate you from God and stifle your spiritual growth?
  • How does an unhealthy view of money destroy relationships?
  • God sets up a system in place so that money’s not going to be your downfall. 
  • God helps us to understand that there is a place for money, a need for money, and a use for money

BIBLE

  • HOW DOES GOD VIEW MONEY? – He sees it as a relational and spiritual issue.
  • 1 Timothy 6:6-12  6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich(don’t see their pride as the problem) fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love(or hope) of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 11 But you, [Timothy] man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called…

4 Myths about God’s View Of Money

  • God doesn’t understand why I need money. 
    We don’t trust God to do what we think money can do.
  • I need a certain amount of money to be content. 
    We keep increasing the minimum we need. 
  • God doesn’t want me to do well financially
    Biblical evidence? God has made us all different.
  • I need money.  No, what I need is Jesus and he will deliver $$

APPLICATION

How should God’s view of money affect me?

  • 1 Money should not compete with my dependence on God 
    • First step? $5.
  • 2 Money should be used for His glory. 
    • They build organizations and contribute to the success of others. Is your house used to host friends?  Steward/ manager
  • 3 We should give it according to our means 
    • What have I provided you with? 2 Corinthians 9:7   Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
    • When 10% becomes about a number…
  • 4 Giving should make me happy. 
    • I wish I could use this on something else…
    • Acts 20:35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
    • The Paradox Of Generosity – Americans who do not give away 10% run a high risk of ending up less happy (and wealthy) than they might have otherwise been.

VISION

  • Yeah, we’re dealing with finances, but really, we’re dealing with enhancing and drawing our relationship to a deeper understanding of God’s goodness, and his generosity and His provision, that it’s building our relationship with Jesus.
  • Jesus always brings me money, but money has never brought me to Jesus.  Story of the goose that lays the golden eggs.
  • I will give when I am not so dependent on this money  VERSUS I will give so I am not so dependent on this money
  • We need to get to a point when we know that what we really need is Jesus.  Psalm 37:25  I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.
  • Robert Murray M’Cheyne from 1838, a minister in Scotland. – Oh, my dear Christians, if you would be like Christ, give much, give often, give freely to the vile and to the poor; the thankless and the undeserving. Christ is glorious, and happy and so will you be. Jesus says, “It is not your money I want, but your happiness.” Remember his own words. “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”