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Money and Wisdom

Matthew 6:19-24
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Jesus is making an appeal to trust in God and NOT money – only He has the power to save and as such He is worthy of our attention, affection and our trust.  

So how should we view money? Is it all bad? In the Book of Proverbs, Solomon has a lot to say about money and the wisdom about money there can be very helpful to us.

Main Idea: A right view of money will lead to a right acquisition and use of money.

1. We need to develop a Biblical view of wealth.

The first thing we need to fight is the temptation to put too much trust in earthly resources. A Biblical view of wealth is one that all of the resources we have been entrusted with sit in subjection to the lordship of Christ. Simply put, Jesus is the Lord of all, including our wealth.

Proverbs 3:5-10 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.

A. Trusting in the Lord is chiefly demonstrated by trusting Him with your resources.
B. If riches lead to self-dependance then you are better off being poor. Proverbs 28:11 - "A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has understanding will find him out."
C. Proverbs 15:6 - "In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, but trouble befalls the income of the wicked." Proverbs 22:4 - "The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life."
E. The right view of wealth begins with a dependance on God and a desire to humbly serve Him with the resources we have been entrusted with.  

2. The way we acquire money matters.

Proverbs 22:16 Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.

Proverbs 22:22-23 Do not rob the poor, because he is poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate, for the Lord will plead their cause and rob of life those who rob them.

A. It dishonors God to gain for yourself by hurting the poor.
B. Proverbs 21:6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.
C. It dishonors God to gain wealth dishonestly.
D. So what is the right way to gain wealth?
E. Proverbs 12:11 - "Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense."
F. Solomon wants his son to know that he needs to work. Our work ethic matters and if we aren’t willing to put in hard work we shouldn’t be surprised when come up short.
G. Proverbs 6:6-11 - "Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man."
H. If you are lazy, you will likely go without. Proverbs 14:23 - "In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty."
I. How should we gain wealth? Work hard, work honestly and don’t take advantage of others.  

3. How we think of money, and how we get it informs how we use it.

Proverbs 13:11 - "Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it."

A. When we’ve worked for something, we tend to be more careful with it.
B. If God has allowed us wealth, He expects us to use it with others in mind. Proverbs 28:27 - "Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse."
C. Gaining wealth very rarely happens by accident. Proverbs 21:5 - "The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty."
D. We must think of others with our wealth. Proverbs 13:22 - "A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous."

Conclusion: Here are a few of our guiding principles that govern the view, acquisition of and use of wealth:

  1. Trust in God – not money. (Obediently give)

  2. Be a hard worker.

  3. Save, don’t squander.

  4. Think of and be generous with others. 

Speaker: Dan Krause

February 25, 2024

Dan Krause

Lead Pastor

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