Friday, January 17, 2014
Today’s Topic: He Wants to Talk about WHAT???
Today’s Text: Matthew 6:21 (ESV) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
I must confess I am just a little bit scared. As a part of the Wise Up sermon series I am doing right now, it is important to talk about all of the areas that Christ felt were important to live wisely in a foolish world. The subject he spoke most about when it comes to practical living is the use of our money.
WHAT? I have to go to church on Sunday and hear the pastor preach on money?
And to prepare you for the encouragement you are going to receive to know that Jesus Christ has the priority over your possessions, here is a resource I found from Pastor John Ortberg. If you come to church on Sunday you will receive a printed version of this.
THE 10 FINANCIAL COMMANDMENTS
1. Thou shalt remember who the owner is. Psalm 24:1 “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”
2. Thou shalt embrace thy work. Colossians 3:23-24: (The Message) And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ.
3. Thou shalt not fall into debt. Proverbs 22:7 “The poor are always ruled by the rich, so don’t borrow and put yourself under their power.”
4. Thou shalt teach thy children about money. Psalm 34:11 “Come, my child, and listen closely. I will teach you obedience to the Lord.”
5. Thou shalt have a plan. 1 Corinthians 16:2 “On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up”
6. Thou shalt declare, “I have enough!” Proverbs 30:15 “The leech has two daughters. ‘Give! Give!’ they cry.”
7. Thou shalt find an alternative way to keep score. 2 Corinthians 10:12 Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.
8. Thou shalt look around. Proverbs 19:17 “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD.”
9. Thou shalt seek wise counsel. Proverbs 11:14 (The Message) “Without good direction, people lose their way. The more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances.”
10. Thou shalt look forward to thy final audit. Luke 12:48 Jesus said, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”