Following is an outline of my “Money Matters” talk that I will give tomorrow at the FMCOG…
- Proverbs 3:13-18 (NKJV)
- 13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; 14 For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. 15 She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. 16 Length of days is in her right hand, In her left hand riches and honor. 17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. 18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who retain her.
Principle: Money matters must be kept in their proper place.
- There are other things more important: Wisdom
- “Proceeds” = Length of days, riches and honor, pleasantness with those days and those riches, and a peaceful life.
- Stated another way: Seek to live a God-focused life and all the other things of life will fall into place.
Matthew 6:33 (NKJV) But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV) Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
One final thought: Notice that “wisdom” is personified (Sophia). This is not an accident. God is teaching us that when making choices about what your priorities should be—go for that which is living and that which has personality; i.e. God, your family, your church family, friends, etc. // or put another way, don’t make the driving pursuit and passion of your life “dead things” like money and the things that money can buy.
- Application to today’s offering: Nothing keeps the stranglehold that money can have over your life at bay like paying your tithe and giving your offering.
- When you open your hands to give to God it also makes it easier to let go of other things that could be weighing you down.
- Furthermore, when you open your hand to God, it also opens your heart to Him and as you open your heart to Him, God comes in and drives out all the lesser things and replaces them with the best things.