Re•Do: Rethinking Our Money, 1 Timothy 6:17

re·dore-do Series (1)

verb | re·do | (?)r?-?dü

: to do (something) again especially in order to do it better

: to change (something, such as a room or part of a room) so that it looks new or different

because of God’s grace, we can… redo

We can rebuild, reengage, relive…God gives us free re-do passes…its called Grace!!

RE•STORING OUR PASSION, Week 1

RE•BOOTING OUR RELIGION, Week 2

re·do your life, study 3 of 4

R E · T H I N K I N G  O U R  M O N E Y

“Trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.”             1 Timothy 6:17

RE · DUCING THE PRESSURE    RE – BOOT     RE – CHARGE

Re · C O N S I D E R I N G  O U R  C A S H

I have to start by saying I am not focusing on tithing to Impact, Rather we doing a series titled RE-DO.  RE- Doing our lives for the better, to honor God more, to enjoy more.  I won’t exhaust the whole subject of money, but I do want to help all of us Re-Do our finances.  Re think of monies.  The ultimate goal would be for all of us to find joy in all that God has given us.   Let’s take our lives from the philosophies of world wealth!!!

Today, the subject that God has laid on my heart to speak to you on is the subject of money.  This area has tremendous bearing upon our spiritual lives and fruitfulness.

For the past several months and on our impact survey people brought up the issue of money.  Now let’s look at Scripture, and see God’s standards for the Christian’s finances in three categories.

One, the right to possess money. Two, the way to regard money. Three, the way to use money.

i. The right to possess money

Now, first of all, let’s begin with the right to possess money.  People are very confused about the Christian and their money.  Some the church should pool all the money and live like communists.  Others say Christians can do whatever they want with their money.  I think neither of these ideas lead to the biblical ideal for enjoyment in this life. 

Well, we oughta see what the Bible says.

A. Does the Christian have the right to possess money?

  1. First of all, at this thought. All money belongs to God. In Haggai 2:8 it says this, “The silver and the gold are Mine.”  And God was talking about all of the nations of the world, and He was talking in reference to all of these nations, and He was saying, “All of their silver and all of their gold is really Mine.”
  2. God grants people the power to Make Money.

In Deuteronomy 8:18, the Bible says,

18 “But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth”

Notice two things, All money is God’s.

Second, God grants people the power to get it

  1. Money is one of God’s gifts.
  1. For Living, Giving and Enjoying Life

“Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.” 1 Timothy 6:17

  1. However, All of God’s gifts can be Perverted by Evil.
  1. Take, for example, God’s gift of nature. Man somehow learns how to take the things of nature in the category called science and invents ways to destroy them.    

“A cultural norm that has long puzzled me is that the liberals, evolutionists, and unbelievers take care of the animals and the planet, while the conservatives, creationists and Christ Followers seem to care little about the planet or the animals on it.  God told us ‘watch over the’ creation, the animals, the earth!!”

Just doesn’t seem right to me!!

  1. Take the area of sex. God invents sex for our Pleasure in Marriage. It’s good. The marriage is…marriage is honorable, Hebrews says, and the bed is undefiled. But people still pervert it.
  2. Take, for example, food. Food is a good gift of God. Of course it is. In fact, in 1 Timothy chapter 4, it says, “”Everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks.” 1 Timothy 4:4

‘People have a way of twisting and perverting all of God’s good gifts.’

B. Biblical Principles for Possessing Money on how we might gain money and joy. 

Work you ready for this? Work…work…Proverbs 14:23 says,

“Work brings profit,  but mere talk leads to poverty!” Proverbs 14:23.

  1. God had designed the labor as the way to Aquire Wealth

Now, in 2 Thessalonians 3:10, there’s a very practical principle.

“We gave you this command: ‘Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.’”                2 Thessalonians 3:10

6 Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise!  7 Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, 8 they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.   Proverbs 6:6-8

You lazy people, check the ant out. Doesn’t have any kind of employer, just does the job. Gathers food in the summer, stores it away, prepared for the winter.

In chapter 5 verse 8 of 1 Timothy, it says,

But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.

1 Timothy 5:8

Work is designed by God to bring you profit. God wants you to have money, because God knows that you have to have it to exist.

All right, there’s a second principle in the Scripture. Not only work.

2. SAVE There’s a very, very poignant statement in Proverbs 21:20. Listen.

“The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.”

You know what a wise person does? He sets aside some of his treasure and some of his oil…for the unexpected. Do you know what the fool does? He spends whatever they get…

God wants every Christian to have money. Listen to this. In fact, He wants you to have more money than you need. Did you hear that? Because God’s principle in Scripture is spend some and what? Save. God wants you to have more money than you need…That’s important.

3. PLAN

Now, what you do mean by plan? Well, plan may mean for us a budget, maybe more sophisticated or less sophisticated. But I’ll tell you one thing planning means.

It’s a priority list, doesn’t it? Planning.

Keep records so you know where you are.  We are not good at this, neither Jill or myself are good at keeping tract.

You say, “Well, where do you get this idea about keeping records?” Listen to this. Proverbs 27:23 and 24.

Proverbs 27:23, 24. Write it down if you need it. “Know the state of your flocks,  and put your heart into caring for your herds, for riches don’t last forever!”

Boy, is that good advice?

We oughta know how many flocks we have. We oughta know what condition they’re in, because our money’s not gonna last forever.  (www.mvelopes.com) jill and I christian finance seminar…good way to keep track on computer phone…free analysis…

II. the way to regard money

Second, point, the way to regard money.

Well, money can be a great blessing, and the key to it is what you think of it. That’s right. You always hear people say, “Well, if I had a million dollars, I’d…” No, you wouldn’t. No, no, the question is not what you’d do with a million. The question is what are you doing with the ten in your pocket?…That’s the question. That’s tells us who we really are.

You say, “Well, if I had…I would help the needy, support a missionary, save more money.… I would do, oh, if I…” No, no, no. What are you doing with the ten in your pocket? Or the dollar?…Ecclesiastes 5:10 and 11, listen to this.

10 Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness! 11 The more you have, the more people come to help you spend it. So what good is wealth—except perhaps to watch it slip through your fingers!

Anacreon was a greek poet about 500 years before Christ.  He understood the danger of money.

The more you have, the more stores you go to, the more you buy. “So what is the advantage to their owners except to look at it?” Isn’t that something?

  No, it is not a question of having more and doing more with it. It is just a question of what you’re doing with what you have…

Listen, rich people have more problems. Well, how do we regard money? Well, lemme tell you the wrong way to regard it, and that is to love it.

A. Wrong Way to Regard Money: Love it, 1 Timothy 6:10

For the Apostle Paul said in 1 Timothy 6:10,

10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.”

The love of money is the issue, not just money…

Now, watch, beloved. Then it is a question of attitude, isn’t it? It is question of attitude. What your attitude is toward your money. You know, we…money is such a powerful thing in our lives. We deal with it all the time. Money is the most talked about subject in the Bible.  It is the biggest issue in divorce.   It will always be a part of our lives  Every time you turn around, you’re dealing with it. How important it is that you have the right attitude toward it.

Jesus put it simply this way, “You can’t serve both God and money.” The bible tells powerful stories about the love of money”

  • For money,  Achan brought defeat on Israel’s army and death to himself and his family.
  • For money, Delilah betrayed Sampson and ultimately slaughtered thousands.
  • For money, Ananias and Sapphira became the first hypocrites in the church,
  • For money, Judas sold Jesus…

Not very good company for money lovers…What does loving money lead people to? Loving money leads people to,

First, Love of money can lead us to Forget God.

To forget God…You know, there’s an interesting part of the Proverbs. The Proverbs were written by Solomon, as you know, but the 30th chapter of Proverbs was written by a man named Agur.   And Agur watched Solomon, and Solomon was loaded. I mean he was rich beyond belief. And he got trapped in this riches thing, and he…he wanted more and more, so he kept marrying these foreign wives, you know, to bring in more treasure and more treasure and more treasure.  And he brought Israel into idolatry and fouled up everything and ruined his life.  And Agur looked at him, and he watched him.  And this is what he said, Proverbs 30 verses 8-9, he says,

8 First, help me never to tell a lie.  Second, give me neither poverty nor riches!

    Give me just enough to satisfy my needs.  

AGUR IS SAYING, DON’T GIVE ME TOO MUCH

9 For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?”

    And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.

Second, Love of Money Can lead us to Stop Trusting God.

You know, one of the great dangers in having money is you begin to trust in it, “Everything’s great in my life. I’ve got my bank account built up.” Hum, wait a minute. “Oh, I’m not worried about anything happening.” Why? “Well, I’ve got money for a rainy day.” So we trust out money in time so neet, Money can cause us to stop trusting God.

Job 31:34 and 38, listen to this. Listen. ““Have I put my trust in money

    or felt secure because of my gold?”  , it would mean that I deny the God of Heaven…If I depend on my money, then I’ve denied God.” Listen to

Proverbs 11:28. “Trust in your money and down you go!”

The rest of the verse says, “Trust in the Lord, and you’ll flourish like a tree.”

You read in 1 Timothy 6, look at verse 17.

17 Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.

You know, we need to speak to rich people. And, you know, something in…listen, this is practical. Do you know that in reference to the rest of the world, every single human being in this room today is rich? Do you know that? You are rich. There are some people in the world who couldn’t even dream of earning in a year what we earn in a week…”Teach those who are rich in this world

Do not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.” 

Boy, if you’ve got it, He gave it to you. Don’t you forget Him for it…

And, incidentally, verse 18, he says,

“Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others.”

Well, a third thing,

3. The love of money can lead us to Deny the Truth.

Instruction. Have you ever thought about your price? What is your price? You ever thought about that? What will you sell out for? It’s been said every person has his price…I pray God that isn’t so in my life. I pray it isn’t in yours… What’s your price?

Some people would sell out for position. There are some people on the job who, if they could get a promotion, would lie.

Sure. Some people would sell out for popularity. Some people mute the testimony of Jesus, so they won’t be unpopular. That’s selling out.

What’s your price?

But let me change the idea here.  Instead of selling out for a price in denial of Christ…we must realize that we were bought with a price by Christ in his death and resurrection, so realize you’ve already been bought for a price and don’t deny the truth

III. the way to use money

A. Recognize it’s a Stewardship.

First Corinthians 4:2, “Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful.”

…You stop to think about it, during your lifetime, God entrusts an awful lot of money to you. If you started earning about $15,000 when you were 20 and earned it till you were 60, you’ve earned a lotta money. What’s that? Over a half a million dollars? I wonder if you could look back on your half a million dollars and say, “You know, all half a million dollars…was used purposefully. Oh, not all directly for the Lord’s work, but purposefully, to meet my needs, to be available to the Spirit.” Wouldn’t that be great? I wish I could recover some money. Don’t you? Boy, I wish I could…  But we can RE-DO.  We can Re-Think our Money and use it a more wise fashion!

Lord does want you to give to those in need. To your brother and sister in need. He wants you to give to the work of Jesus Christ.  And you oughta invest your dollars for God where God’s gonna get the best return, and you oughta be careful where you put it.

Listen. Giving is not God’s way of raising money. Giving is God’s way of raising children. God doesn’t need your money. But every time we give, we grow.  And when you give, others are blessed, and God is praised!

  1. Sensitive to Needs

In  Acts 11:28-29, it says,

28 …So the believers in Antioch decided to send relief to the brothers and sisters in Judea, everyone giving as much as they could….Sensitive to needs.

From time to time, you’ll hear of a need, a missionary, a hurting person. You’ll hear of a need, a brother in this church, maybe, who’s having need in his own life, and you wanna go and supply his need. Maybe you see a neighbor who has a need, supply his need. Whatever. Maybe we’ll announce a need here in a certain area, and you’ll see, you’ll respond to that. Giving should be in response to need.  We have to stay sensitive to needs.

3. Purposeful Giving

1. Give in response to God’s command, which is not specifically directed at need, but at systematic, purposeful giving.

2. Remember, This is Between You and God.

“You must each decide in your heart how much to give.” 2 Corinthians 9:7

On the first day of each week, you should each put aside a portion of the money you have earned.” 1 Corinthians 16:2

  4. Giving should be Sacrificial, Secret and Faithful

Proper handling of our finances is the key to spiritual fruit in our lives. 

Luke 16:10&11, and this is Jesus…

10 “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.”

Listen, if you don’t handle your $10 in your pocket right, you wouldn’t handle the million right. Is that right? Now, listen to the next verse.

11 “And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?”

Some of us today have their monies in order and they honor God with them, but the rest us need to hear the words of today’s message.  We need to realize that all money is God’s, he gave us the ability to work and he gave us money for our enjoyment.   Let’s start to live that way and not let money ruin our lives, marriages and families and let’s continue to be sensitive to the needs.

Let’s pray. Father, we just have tried today to…to speak with conviction and to lay out some things that are important. God, whatever comes in the world, however it all goes, and whatever happens to be the wind at any moment, and all of the economic problems we’re having. Father, help us to look past all of that and just really stay with the Bible principles. Help us to always have our money…available for You. Father, help us to be stewards.  Help us act like Godly people who use their money wisely in this world, trusting you through all of it and not living in fear.  This we pray in the name of our blessed Christ. Amen.