Regardless of your current income, Americans are quite wealthy compared to people living in other parts of the world. Therefore, we have a responsibility:
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for your enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19
- We are not to put our hope in wealth; we should hope in God
- When we place our hope in God, he will generously provide us everything for our enjoyment (because he owns everything)
- We are to be “rich” in our good deeds (the actions that we take towards others)
- We are to be generous and willing to share
- In this way, we store up our treasures in Heaven and provide a firm foundation of eternal life that is to come for everyone who places their hope in God through his son, Jesus Christ
What place does money have in your heart?
Change your money mindset.
Treasure Principle Key #1: God owns everything. I’m His money manager. (Psalm 24:1)
Treasure Principle # 2: My heart always goes where I put God’s money. (Matthew 6:21)
Greed and materialism are enemies that prevent us from giving.
Treasure Principle Key #3: Heaven, not earth, is my home.
Treasure Principle Key #4: I should live not for the dot but for the line.
Treasure Principle Key #5: Giving is the only antidote to materialism.
Is God worth 10%?
Treasure Principle Key #6: God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.
Only What We Do for God will Last.
A Biblical View: Why Do We Work?
What in the world is stewardship? Why is it important to me?
THIS WEEK I HAVE TWO TREASURES FOR YOU!
- Author, Randy Alcorn, says, “I carry in my wallet a little card. On one side it says, “God owns every treasure. I’m His investment manager.” Under this are three Scriptures. The other side says, “God wants me to use earthly treasures to store up heavenly treasures.” Underneath are Christ’s words in Matthew 6 and Paul’s in 1 Timothy 6 (above). Keeping the card near my cash is a powerful reminder of what is true. (pg 56)”
Randy will send you one of these cards FREE if you send a self addressed, stamped envelope to Eternal Perspective Ministries, 2229 East Burnside #23, Gresham, OR 97030.
- OUR FIRST GIVE-AWAY!
I am recommending Carolyn Custis James, The Gospel of Ruth, next quarter. I will give the first summary on next Tuesday, April 5.
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Thanks for reading, commenting, and sharing. Love, Natasha
© Natasha L. Robinson 2011