I did a bad thing by starting off my quiet time reading ‚ÄúThe ABC‚Äôs of Financial Freedom‚Äù this morning. It is a book on Christian Stewardship. It immediately put me into a critical mode when I read a few quotes:
You and I should do some Christ-centered vision casting of our own and start thinking about what we could do if we were totally debt free…
Here are just a few suggestions to help you get started:
[there is a list of 10, but here are the whoppers-ds]
6. You could finally have that ‚Äúdream‚Äù vacation
7. You could fix things up around you house or even get a new one.
8. You could get some new furniture or a new vehicle.
9. You cold surprise people with secret acts of kindness and generosity
10. YOU COULD DO ALMOST ANYTHING YOU CAN IMAGINE. (emphasis mine)
I‚Äôm not even going to comment on that. I think that pretty much speaks for itself.
All of that said, my church is about to have a few weeks of messages on ‚Äúfinancial stewardship.‚Äù When I heard that we were going to be talking about money (it‚Äôs ok to say MONEY, it really is) I was interested. In light of the current economic state of the world, we need to really focus on our earning, spending, and buying with the Life of Jesus in us. There are a lot of people that need help unlearning the habits of the world and learning how to use their money for the Kingdom of God. Now more than ever is a time to speak up for the poor and use our overflow to wisely help them instead of blowing it on the new furniture we need or our ‚Äúdream‚Äù vacation.
I think the hardest thing for me during this coming series will be to keep MY focus on Jesus, and not keep harping on all of the stuff I see wrong. But that focus is terribly important, because if I lose that focus, I will have done the same thing as the people that make finances and resources (money) the focus.
I can already tell that this is going to be hard.
‚ÄúNo 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.‚Äù