Scriptures on Wealth - Seven Spiritual Truths
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Scriptures on Wealth - Seven Spiritual Truths
Bible Passages: Genesis 1:1; Psalm 50:10; Luke 12:42; Deuteronomy 8:17; Ecclesiastes 5:19; Luke 16:13; Luke 18:22; Ecclesiastes 5:10; I Timothy 6:7, Matthew 26:14; Proverbs 3:9; Malachi 3:10; II Corinthians 9:6; Matthew 6:19; Psalm 49:16; I Timothy 6:6; Matthew 6:21; Mark 12:41.
The human need this passage meets is: the need to view and handle our money in a way that is consistent to reality and pleases God.
Learning Goals: By the end of this session, each learner should be able to. . .
(Know) Identify the teaching of the scriptures on wealth.
(Feel) Feel that he has not viewed his money in a way consistent with God's commands.
(Do) Name one way he/she will manage God's property to honor Him.
Ask the members, "Tell your neighbor one thing you would never buy.
Then tell one thing you'd love to have if you could afford it."
Continue after a couple of minutes.
We live in a world that is obsessed with money.
As a whole:
- People love money
- People live for money
- People believe that money will solve all, or at least most of their problems. That's why thousands keep trying to win the powerball jackpot.
It would not be an over-statement to say that many people actually worship money. They love to make it, have it, and spend it on themselves.
On the other hand, God expect his followers to understand and reflect his view of money.
Bible Input and Life Application
There are numerous scriptures on wealth - both Old and New Testaments:
In the New Testament, the words money, wealth, rich, and riches are used about 116 times.
In the Old Testament, the same words are used over 300 times.
Here's a brief summary of the scriptures on wealth:
First spiritual truth of the scriptures on wealth:
1. God owns everything and man manages His property.
The concept of God's ownership is introduced in the very first verse of the Bible.
Genesis 1:1 God created the heavens and the earth.
Asaph (leader of the temple choir) quotes God in Psalm 50:10 Every animal of the forest is mine (God's) and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine. The world is mine and all that is in it.
While God's role is owner, Man's role is manager of God's property. All our possessions are on loan from God.
The relationship between owner and manager was the theme of many of Jesus' parables.
Luke 12:42 - Who then is the faithful and wise manager, who the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns.
Whatever we think we own, we don't. We are merely managing the property that belongs to God.
Second spiritual truth of the scriptures on wealth:
2. God is the source of all wealth.
Since God owns everything, everything we see comes from God's hand. The tendency is to think otherwise. Moses warned the children of Israel before they entered the promised land that days of prosperity were coming.
Deuteronomy 8:17 -- You may say to yourself, "My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me." But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.
Solomon, the wealthiest person, acknowledged this.
Ecclesiastes 5:19 - When God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work, this is a gift of God.
There is more to making money than our hard work. All wealth ultimately comes from the hand of God.
Third spiritual truth of the scriptures on wealth:
3. You cannot serve both God and wealth.
Luke 16:13 - No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
Jesus saw people struggle with this choice.
Luke 18:22 - A certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus said to him, "Sell everything you have and give it to the poor. Then come, follow me." When he heard this he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth. Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God."
God expects us to have money without becoming addicted to it.
|Several years ago I interviewed a young man for a job. I asked him, "If it came down to you and another qualified candidate, why should I choose you?"
He said, "Because I have given myself to success." Then he elaborated, "Whatever it takes, I'll do it. However long it takes, I'll pay the price. I have given my life to one thing: Success."
People give themselves to many things other than God. It is not a sin to be successful, it is a sin to worship success. No man can have two masters.
Fourth spiritual truth of the scriptures on wealth:
4. The love of money is a root cause of many problems.
The love of money robs you of contentment.
Ecclesiastes 5:10 - Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.
The love of money hurts your relationship with God.
I Timothy 6:10 - People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith.
Nowhere is this more vividly illustrated than in the life of Judas, the Apostle who betrayed Jesus.
Matthew 26:14 - Judas Iscariot went to the chief priests and asked, "What will you give me if I hand him over to you?" So they counted out for him thirty silver coins.
In the end, Judas loved money more than he loved Jesus.
Many people rationalize and justify their behavior to satisfy their love of money.
Fifth spiritual truth of the scriptures on wealth:
5. God blesses the man who honors Him with his wealth.
God teaches us to invest our money in His kingdom.
A general promise
Proverbs 3:9 - Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the fruitfruits of your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
A specific promise
Malachi 3:10 - "Test me in this," says the Lord Almighty. "bring the whole tithe into the storehouse and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have enough room for it."
A personal promise
II Corinthians 9:6 - Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Sixth spiritual truth of the scriptures on wealth:
|God wants you to be a "funnel", not a "bucket". He wants us to give and share our money to honor Him.|
6. Earthly riches are temporal; treasures in heaven are eternal.
We've all heard the investment principle: "Don't put all your eggs in one basket."
Here's Jesus' version of it:
Matthew 6:19 - Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasure in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal.
Anything in the "earthly basket" will be destroyed; anything in the "heavenly basket" cannot be destroyed.
From this perspective, we are encouraged.
Psalms 49:16 - Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, for he will take nothing with him when he dies.
I Timothy 6:6 - We brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.
|Two friends were attending the funeral of a multi-millionaire. As they were sitting in the chapel before the service, one asked, "How much do you think he left behind?"
The other one quietly replied, "I think he left it all."
Seventh spiritual truth of the scriptures on wealth:
|I know that many of us have played the game, Monopoly. The goal of the game is to get as much money as you can and make the other players go bankrupt. You buy houses and hotels and accumulate money.
But, when the game is over, the board is folded up and all the money and houses go back in the box. It's not real. It's just a game.|
When it comes to material things, life is one big
The money and possessions aren't real. You can't take it with you. It doesn't matter how much you have when you die, it all goes back into the box. You leave it all.
7. When God has your money, He has your heart.
One proof that God has your heart, is that he has your money.
Matthew 6:21 Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
But, don't think that it's the amount of money that God is examining.
Mark 12:41 - Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Jesus said, "This poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty put in everything - all she had to live on."
The rich gave very large amounts, but they gave out of their wealth. The widow gave less than a penny, but she gave out of her heart. She gave all she had to live on and placed her life in God's hands. She trusted him to take care of her.
That's what God wants. He gives us many things, but he expects us to ultimately trust HIM, not our stuff.
1. Which of the scriptures on wealth help you realize that God is the owner and source of your wealth?
2. Which two truths about money do you find most difficult to believe?
3. Which two truths about money do you find most difficult to practice?
4. What blessings that "money can't buy" has God blessed you with?
5. How do these truths help you be honest and ethical in your dealings involving money?
Author:Paul Schlieker www.bible-study-lesson-plans.com
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