The Attitude for Money
– 16 of 38 parables were concerned with money/possessions.
– 1 of 10 verses in the gospels (288) deal directly with money.
– The Bible has 500 verses on prayer, less than 500 verses on faith, but more than 2000 verses on money/possessions.
James 1:9-11 “The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. 10 But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business.”
There are two people in this passage of Scripture
- The person who has high position
- The person who has low position
Ben Franklin Quote
– Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature that creates happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of its filling a vacuum, it makes one. If it satisfies one want, it doubles and triples that want another way.
John Rockefeller Quote
– The poorest man I know is the man who has nothing but money
1 Timothy 6:6 “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 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love 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.”
What is a root?
- Something that is below the surface that grows into existence.
- Being driven for money will grow something in our life that is incredibly ungodly.
Luke 16:13-15 ““No servant can serve two masters. 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 both God and Money.”
14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. 15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.”
What is highly valued in our culture may be detestable to God.
- Money does not produce happiness
- Money is not more important than people
- Money will fade away, it is not eternal.
- Give to God
- Don’t use credit cards
- Don’t place people’s value and worth on money
- Realize the temptation for money is a trap.