Beyond The Numbers
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. 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. (I Tim 6:9-10)
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Luke 12:34)
Now this is what the LORD Almighty says “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it”. This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.” (Haggai 1:5-7)
Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made the foolish the wisdom of the world?
(1 Cor 1:20)
- Calling vs. Compensation. (earning)
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me. If only I may finish the race and complete the task the lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace. (Acts 20:24)
We don’t just need money to live on. We need something to live for.
- Contentment vs. consumerism. (spending)
Don’t always be wishing for what you don’t have for real life and real living are not related to how rich we are. (Luke 12:15 LB)
I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. (Phil 4:12)
Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want but the realization of what you already have.
- God-dependent vs. independent. (saving)
The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, they imagine it a wall too high to scale. (Proverbs 18:11)
Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, “Who is the Lord? Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. (Proverbs 30:8-9)
I will not trust in riches but in Him who richly provides.
- Stewardship vs. ownership. (investing)
God owns everything. I am His manager.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and there thieves do not break in and steal. (Matthew 6:19-20)
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field” (Matthew 13:44)
- Generosity vs. misery. (giving)
The Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)
The value of my life isn’t determined by how much I achieve or accumulate but by how much of my life I give away
Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. (I Tim 6:18-19)
God’s way works!