Dishonest money dwindles away,
but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
A sluggard’s appetite is never filled,
but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
Do you see someone skilled in their work?
They will serve before kings;
they will not serve before officials of low rank.
There are a few reasons that God cares about our work ethic:
- It’s about our character
- It represents Jesus well
- Our financial needs and the needs of the church are taken care of when we work hard
Mike Rowe, from Dirty Jobs:
“The real secret of success is that there is no secret,” Rowe says, “It’s all been said. But the people who truly embrace it and take responsibility for their actions and take responsibility for their performance are the ones who get the opportunities and are the ones who will succeed.”
Debt is a pretty confusing topic in the Bible, because it’s really not completely black and white…
The rich rule over the poor,
and the borrower is slave to the lender.
The wicked borrow and do not repay,
but the righteous give generously;
Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you
44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.
Giving your money to the bride of Christ is not about it going to church vs. buying ourselves something instead. It’s about God using your job, your skills, your life to impact the Kingdom of God, and detract from the kingdom of darkness!
The word tithe means, “tenth” and refers to a principle that originated in the Old Testament called “first fruits” which literally meant that Jewish people would give the first 10% of whatever their livelihood was to God.
I’ve heard many people say that this principle of tithing went away with Jesus because he completed Mosaic Law, but I don’t agree with that:
There is only 1 thing in the whole Bible that God tells us to test him in, and it’s tithing:
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.
Don’t live above your means.
Don’t live above your needs! Or, live at the level God calls you to live at.
Whoever loves money never has enough;
whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income.
This too is meaningless.
5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”
"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.
Imagine what you could do if you were financially free! You could support missions (long term and short term), plant churches around this city and the world, make local ministries happen, meet the practical needs of people in our city, and so much more… All because you get your finances in check!
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