The Case for Wisdom
January 14, 2024
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“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.
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.
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.
Proverbs 13:11 - "Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it."
Conclusion: Here are a few of our guiding principles that govern the view, acquisition of and use of wealth: