MONEY… Now that is a sensitive subject! There are some who believe that preachers talking about money is similar to their beliefs about preachers talking about politics. We don’t like preachers talking about things that are too close and personal unless, of course, it is close and personal to someone else!
While a college student I learned a Bible verse that spoke about how a God-fearing person should regard money and its relationship to our relationship with Him. This verse is Proverbs 3:9-10 which says, “Honor the Lord from your wealth, and from the first of all your produce; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.”
This verse will be the foundation of our new series, “God’s Word and the Mystery of Money.”
I’ll be the first one to admit that I am no expert when it comes to money. Not long after Dwaina and I got engaged she asked if she could look at my check book. She saw that I wrote checks to basically three places – the church, a Christian book store, and Taco Villa (a fast-food establishment which El Paso does not much to my chagrin). She also noticed that my check stubs were not up-to-date which prompted a question about reconciling my check book with my bank statement. My first question was, “What is a bank statement?” I’m glad that little conversation didn’t end the relationship to. What it did do, however, was to cause me to lean on her financial knowledge to an unhealthy degree!
Through the years we have both learned a lot about money, and how our use of it says something about our relationship with God. The fact is that money is neither moral or immoral, it is amoral! The same dollar bill can be used for evil purposes or for righteous purposes. The use depends on the person, not the currency.
I recently read in Randy Alcorn’s book, “Money, Possessions, and Eternity,” that there are over 2,300 verse about money in the Bible. He states that there are more verses about money than there are about prayer and faith combined! If that is the case, then how you and I handle money must be very important to God. He must care very much about how we manage what He has entrusted to our care.
Over the next few weeks we are going to study several of these verses and discover what God has to tell us about a Christian’s work ethic, personal budgeting and saving for the future, debt, and generosity. We will also learn what the Bible has to teach the church’s management of its resources as well.
My hope for this series is to see us trust God in our finances as well as in every other area of our lives. So I hope you will do all you can to either attend the services or purchase a DVD when you can’t be here with us.