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Smart & Happy!

How we manage God’s money is a central Biblical theme and of extreme importance for our spiritual growth.  This is why Jesus had more to say about how we are to view and handle money and possessions than any other topic including both Heaven and Hell.

God expects us to use all the resources He has given us to carry out our responsibilities in advancing His Kingdom.  This includes caring for our families, our homes, our businesses, our planet, and our church.  Whatever He has entrusted to us, God owns it all, and we are His stewards.  This is a game changer.  It is the realization that “my” money and possessions really do belong to God and I am called to steward them well.

Remember the parable Jesus taught about heaven (Matthew 13:44) about the man who found a treasure in a field and then sold all he had to buy the field and gain the treasure.  Jesus emphasized how “in his joy” the man went and sold all he had.  It cost him, yes, but the act filled him with joy!  In other words the benefits outweighed the costs.  I believe this is how we should approach giving towards God’s purposes – it should bring us joy.

Jesus is not against us storing up treasures (Matthew 6:19-21) in fact He commands us to store up treasures, but be smart about it.  Don’t lay up treasures in the wrong place.  Jesus’s argument against amassing material wealth on earth isn’t that it is morally wrong, but it is a poor investment. It will not stand the test of time and you can not take it with you.

Randy Alcorn, author of the book The Treasure Principle, states; “Give because it will bring you joy, and give because it will bring you eternal reward.  In other words, don’t just do it because it’s right, but because it’s smart, and it will bring you joy.”

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