This morning we continue our look at what Jesus said about money….. Stewardship
We often hear about financial scandals when someone using someone else money for their own gain.
We are called to use God’s things well. We are called to handle money with care and in line with God’s Will – we are stewards. Jesus has given us principles we should apply when it comes to stewarding God’s money.
GOD WANTS US TO MAKE EVERY PENNY OF HIS MONEY COUNT
It is not wrong to store up treasure but store it in the right place, in heaven.
On earth an expensive suit will one day be moth eaten.
On earth a diamond ring can be stolen and never seen again
On earth a car depreciates as soon as you take it out of the showroom.
Jesus told a parable about this in Luke 12 v 13 – 21
Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
We would say of this man that he is a shrewd businessman but Jesus calls him a “fool”.
Why? Because he makes his decisions in the light of the present age and not in light of eternity.
A warning to all to make the right choices with the resources we are given. Don’t invest in things that have short-term value but long-term value.
Do something with your money.
What are treasures in heaven? – The answer is obedience to Christ.
In 1 Corinthians 3 the Apostle Paul tells us that believers receive rewards on account of faithful deeds done for him. If we use our possessions to seek God’s Glory we will build treasures in heaven. Our salvation comes through faith and faith alone but out of that new found relationship with God flows good stewardship, generosity as the believer builds treasures in heaven.
John Wesley said – “I value all things by the price they will gain in eternity”
Martin Luther – “I have held things in my hand and lost them all but whatever I have placed in God’s hand I still have”
Building heavenly treasure is not reliant upon bank balances but it includes all our resources.