“..for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21
“Money is not a spiritual issue” Really? Many of you feel there is no need for the church to focus on something as worldly as money.
Take a look at some statistics:
- Twenty-five of the 107 verses in the Sermon on the Mount deal with money and possessions.
- Two-thirds of the parables of Jesus deal with money and possession themes. For example:
- The parable of the Good Samaritan—one that contrasts stealing and greed with compassion and generosity.
- The parable of the prodigal son – the younger son who wanted all of his inheritance right then and he lost it all in the pursuit of selfish pleasure.
- The parable of the talents – in the Bible, talents refers to money and investments. Jesus is very clear in the parable of the talents that we’re to multiply whatever talents, whatever money, whatever investments God has entrusted to us. To ignore that makes us irresponsible servants of the Master.
So, money is a deeply spiritual issue. How we use our money reveals what we think about God and reveals our hearts. Money can be a blessing or a curse. It all depends on what priority it has in your life. Let it be your servant for good versus your master. Choosing Christ versus money is the key.