Of Fear and Finances

Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator

This week we continued our “Money Wise” series by looking at an issue that normally piggybacks on any financial situation: worry.

It doesn’t matter how much you have in your checking account, chances are if you’ve ever had money, you’ve probably had worry also. That’s normal. But if we want to handle our money wisely, we need to consider the words of Jesus.

We know that in Matthew 6 Jesus tells us that our heart is attached to whatever we treasure, so we know that we shouldn’t be consumed with money. But in the same chapter, Jesus tells us not to worry either. Looking at birds and flowers, neither of these objects have concerns, but God takes care of them. And the even better part is, God cares a lot more about us than birds or flowers! So Jesus tells us we don’t need to worry – we can trust God to provide for us. We worry less about money when we focus more on God.

In the message, Jeremy also gave four practical ways to help us manage money without worry:

  1. Prioritize in advance. Pre-deciding how to spend money helps reduce those impulse buys.
  2. Automate your values. With technology, you can automate bills, savings, retirement funds, etc. to take the headache out of worrying whether you’ve paid the electricity bill this month.
  3. Plan your generosity. You can’t accidentally be generous; it takes planning. You can automate giving to make it a priority each month, actively showing God that He comes first in your finances.
  4. Develop a taste for contentment. This value alone alleviates most worry. If you’re content with what God provides, the worry just melts away.

Verses and quotes from the message:

Matthew 6:19-21, 25-34; 1 Timothy 6:6-8

“I love money. I love everything about it. I bought some pretty good stuff. Got me a $300 pair of socks. Got a fur sink. An electric dog polisher. A gasoline powered turtleneck sweater. And, of course, I bought some dumb stuff, too.” Steve Martin

“A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.” Jonathan Swift

“One of the key differences between rich people and everyone else is that rich people plan before they need to plan.” Ramit Sethi

“We usually overestimate what we think we can accomplish in one year but we grossly underestimate what we can accomplish in a decade.” Unknown

“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.” Epictetus, (Greek Philosopher)

“It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.” Seneca (Roman Philosopher)

“Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant.” P.T. Barnum

Big idea: We worry less about money when we focus more on God.

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About The Author
- I am the programming coordinator at Central Christian Church AZ. I also moderate the Central Teaching Blog. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!