November 12, 2017

The Treasure Principle: COMPOUNDING JOY
Message by Rev. Bob Wannall

Psalm 24:1-4, Matthew 22.15-21

Treasure Principle Key #1:
GOD OWNS EVERYTHING. I’M HIS MONEY MANAGER.

Psalm 24:1-4

The earth is the LORD'S, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the waters.

Who may ascend the hill of the LORD?
Who may stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to an idol
or swear by what is false.

 

Matthew 22:15-21 (NIV)

Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words.
They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are.
Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me?
Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius,
and he asked them, “Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?”
“Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away

 

HOW DO WE GET THE PRIORITIES RIGHT?

  1. The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.
  2. When we approach God, we ought to clean up.

 

WE NEED TO DEVELOP OUR STEWARD’S SENSIBILITIES.

Earn all you can

Save all you can

Give all you can

 Richard Foster – “When we let go of money we are releasing a little more of our egocentric selves and a little more of our false security…But this is precisely why it is important to do it…Giving frees us to care. It makes life with God an adventure in the world, and that is worth living for and giving for.”

 

GROWING AS DISCIPLES OF JESUS CHRIST.

A.W.Tozer -- “It is your own spiritual welfare at stake in such matters as these…you have the right to keep what you have all to yourself—but it will rust and decay, and ultimately ruin you.”

C.S. Lewis -- “One of the dangers of having a lot of money is that you may be quite satisfied with the kinds of happiness money can give, and so fail to realize your need for God. If everything seems to come simply by signing checks, you may forget that you are at every moment totally dependent on God.

THE BOTTOM LINE:  WHY, THEN, SHOULD WE GIVE?

Bishop Kenneth Carder –  “Giving is rooted in God’s very being. Life is grace, a free unearned gift from God, who invites us to share.”

 

THE PRINCIPLE OF COMPOUNDING JOY