MANAGING MONEY

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        Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.”  Luke 12:5 coins in hand

Stewarding Life: The premise of this month’s teaching series is that Life is a gift from God for which we are ultimately accountable. So far we wrestled with how to make the most of our time and talents from an eternal perspective. This week’s topic is how to make the most of our money. Try not to groan just yet. My purpose is to help you make sure money is your servant and NOT your master and to leave your heart more blessed than stressed.

“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Matt 6:25

Of course we need money to make life work in this age, but our lives are much more than our money or lack of money. Yet for most of us money is often the source of our greatest fear, worry, frustrations and disappointments. When this happens our concern about finances can begin to cloud every decision and steal joy from other moments. Then all the other voices that tell us what we should have done or should be doing with this part of our lives complicate it. This tends to add regret and even hopelessness to the worries we already carry.

Just like what we learned with time, I really believe that if we put God first and seek His wisdom, the He can help turn this around. Yes we are going to talk about generosity this weekend, but we are going to look at something deeper that drives it. As followers of Christ we discover that the opposite of financial worry is not work, savings or even financial wisdom. It is core faith in God as our provider.

Consider this as you prepare to join us this weekend. What is the connection between how we feel about money and our faith? Do we believe Jesus does in fact care about us and our needs? Do we believe He knows what is best for us and will provide for us in ways that are best for us? Do we believe that He sees a bigger picture that often eludes us? What could happen if we settled our hearts to trust his provision AND to follow His direction? I challenge you to reflect on this over the weekend, then join us Sunday drive it deeper.

1Timothy 6:17 Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.

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