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December 7, 2008

Personal Finance Bible Study: Contentment (Part 5 of 12) – Getting God’s View

Filed under: Contentment,Personal Finance Bible Study,Personal Finance in the Bible — Paul Williams @ Crackerjack Greenback @ 4:00 am

       Last Sunday, we began looking at God’s View of the World, Money, and our lives so we can start to focus on serving Him instead of serving Money. We’re continuing that discussion today, and we’ll finish it up next Sunday. Then it’s on to practical applications.

       In Matthew 6:19-21, Jesus teaches us that we should focus on storing up treasures in heaven rather than on earth:

       19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)

This passage is also found in Luke 12:33-34.

       Jesus makes two main points here:

  1. Earthly treasures are only temporary. The wealth of this world provides no eternal security and very little security in this life. It is easily stolen, lost, or otherwise destroyed. On the other hand, heavenly treasures last forever.
  2. Whatever we treasure will control our heart. If we hold the riches of the World in high regard, our hearts will be focused on serving Money. If we value God’s Word more than the World’s riches, we’ll be able to truly serve God and experience His blessing. God will have the only thing He needs to work through us—our hearts.

What's in your treasure chest? (Treasure chest by markleggett on Flickr)       God’s View of storing up treasure is so different from ours. Instead of worrying about the value of our 401(k) plans and savings accounts, Jesus would rather have us thinking about how many people we’ve shown love to in the past 24 hours—and how we can share His love with even more people tomorrow. Instead of looking at things in terms of the past few months or over our lifetimes, we need to start viewing everything in light of eternity. It’s the only way we can really get God’s View.

       If we let the Things of this World come in and take over our lives and our hearts, Jesus tells us very plainly what will happen. In Mark 4:18-19, He explains the parable of the sower:

       18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.

Mark 4:18-19 (NIV)

This passage is also found in Matthew 13:22 and Luke 8:14.

Thorn bush by Elsie esq. on Flickr       As Christians, we often discuss bearing the good fruit that comes from having the Spirit within us. But look at what Jesus says. If we let the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth, and the desires for other things come into our lives and take over our hearts, we will be unfruitful.

       Getting caught up in the things the world reveres—wealth and all its trappings—chokes God’s power in us and keeps us from doing His Will. To fully serve God, we have to view everything in terms of eternity and reject the World’s view of money and meaning. Once we do this, we can break free of the thorns in our lives and flourish in God’s glory.

Want to read the entire Bible study series on Contentment? Download your free copy of Contentment Is Wealth: A Bible Study on Contentment now!

2 Comments »

  1. I liked your site, and your content. I have been through the lay-off parade three times in the past 10 years. With a family of 5 kids and a non-working wife, its tough. But God provides, and has done much dispite my lack of faith.

    I am interested in how you built your site. Did you use a service/software to set it up? How did you get the ads and other stuff? If you have time, between job searching, I would appreciate any tips on how you set it all up.

    Thanks, and God (will) Bless!

    Randy

    Comment by Randall Bachman — December 8, 2008 @ 1:53 pm

  2. Thanks, Randall! I’m glad you like it. I am faithful that God will take care of things. I just need to let go of my worries and follow His plan!

    I’ll email you about your other questions.

    Comment by Paul Williams @ Crackerjack Greenback — December 8, 2008 @ 1:56 pm

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