Alex Enabnit – Research Editor
This week, the stock market hit a rough patch. Also this week, we started a series about finance that we’ve been planning for months… Now that’s what I call God’s timing!
Beginning f[in]ance, you may notice that we’ve bracketed the “in.” This “in” is very important in our series, and will be the basis of each week as we ask, “What’s the IN in finance?” This week, the “in” stands for intention.
In the “old days” of courtship, oftentimes a suitor would sit down with the father of the woman he was interested in before taking her out on a date. The father would ask the boy, “What are your intentions with my daughter?” On that answer hinged two possible futures: a future with his daughter or a future without his daughter. Today, a version of that conversation usually happens between potential couples; they have a “DTR” – Define the Relationship. This DTR exists to take the guesswork out of the relationship and reveal where their hearts are.
To understand finances, Jesus wants to have a DTR with us… What are your intentions with money?
Most people would say, “I just want more of it!”
However (and this is the Big Idea), a loving Father would never give us more of something that is doing us harm.
Cal walked us through Luke 12:13-21 where Jesus tells a parable about a rich man who experiences a boon in his harvest, so he decides to tear down his barns so he can hoard all of it for himself and take life easy. But God tells this man that very night his life would be taken from him – and that this is how it will be with anyone who stores things up for themselves and is not rich toward God.
All of this begs a few questions that we all should really ask ourselves to uncover our intentions with money:
- How much is enough?
- How much do we really need?
- When does our stuff begin to turn from a blessing to a curse?
- How do I become “rich toward God?”
Join us next week as we uncover the next “in” in finance. See you then!
Verses from the sermon:
Proverbs 23:5; Matthew 6:21; Luke 12:13-21, 16:10-13; Ecclesiastes 5:10, 13; 1 Chronicles 29:12
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