Wealth is a really good thing. Yeah, I know. The preacher said that wealth is a good thing.
And I'm saying that because the the Bible says that wealth - money - is a good thing. A blessing. Scripture emphasizes the good that can be done with money (Proverbs 10:15; Malachi 3:10; Proverbs 3:9-10; Acts 20:35b) and the way that money shows us what's going on inside of our head and our heart (Luke 16:10-11; James 4:1-3).
In his book, Sex and Money, Paul Tripp gives us five ways that money is a blessing:
- Money is a window on the goodness of God. Money is meant to function as an arrow pointing to the goodness and faithfulness of God.
- Money is a window on what rules your heart. When you have extra money, what do you dream of buying?
- Money is a window on the dangers of the fallen world. There are few greater dangers in this fallen world than to listen to the myriad voices that tell us that somehow, someway, satisfaction of heart can be found in the possession of or experience of something in creation.
- Money is a means of responding to the needs of others. Money provides a wonderful means of blessing others; you and I are always viewing ourselves as either a container or conduit for the money that we are given.
- Money can connect you to the work of the bigger kingdom. Your world of money will be determined by your allegiance to the work of one of two kingdoms: the kingdom of God or the kingdom of self.
This Sunday, we're going to talk about money and wealth, and answer the question, 'What Is Wealth?' My hope and prayer is that you and I will listen to God as we open Ephesians 4:28 and respond with honesty and hope as we come to grips with the mess we've made with our wealth and the God whose grace is more than enough for our thievery.
What questions do you have about money and wealth? This teaching series should help you in practical ways, so let me know how I can help you!