Practical Christianity - Money Matters

posted 17 May 2012, 16:52 by Peter Booth   [ updated 17 May 2012, 16:53 ]

Jesus said that we should not be anxious about anything.  This includes money. 

But it is also important how we get money and what we do with it when we’ve got it!

First we looked at how somebody’s attitude to money changed when they met Jesus.  This is from Luke’s Gospel.  Luke was a Christian doctor who knew Peter, the disciple of Jesus.  He recorded events in the life of Jesus very carefully.  This event happened when Jesus was on his last journey to Jerusalem, where he would be betrayed, arrested and killed on the cross.

Read Luke 19:1-10 Zacchaeus the Tax Collector.  Think about what made him change so dramatically.

Read 1 Timothy 6:6-19.  Think about the consequences for your life if you love money too much. 

Here are some other thoughts about money from the Bible:-

•Pride in your wealth is stupid and dangerous!

•Debt is a kind of slavery.

•Both stealing and coveting are against the 10 Commandments.

•Injustice and idolatry are serious problems which the prophets often warn against.

•Keeping the Sabbath and tithing both honour God and help keep money in perspective.

•According to the Bible, we are stewards, not outright owners of the Earth or our possessions.

•Giving brings a double blessing – to the receiver and the giver.

•Giving does not earn salvation.  That is God’s free gift to us!

•Knowing how much God loves us gives us the security to let go of things.

•Knowing God loves us despite our faults helps us love others.

•Knowing God gives us what we do not deserve helps us give to others.

Read Acts 4:32-35
Consider how belief in Jesus changed people’s lives.  Can it do so today?  Think about how it could change your life.

by Rod Lawrence