Big Tree Wesleyan Church

Wired For Worship: Making The Most of Our Money

In part 3/4 of the series "Wired For Worship," Pastor J.J. analyzes Jesus' concise words regarding money; God; and the worship of both. Jesus pointedly states that a person cannot worship both God and money. If this is true, J.J. remarks, then Christians must analyze their lives and be sure that they are not making an idol of money. The problem, is that we often have the best intentions when it comes to our finances: we want to have enough money to pay bills, and care for ourselves and our families. Often, our strive for money begins with reasonable ends, but it becomes easy for us to become transfixed on our bank accounts--forgetting to find our joy in God, and trust that God will provide for our every need. Jesus says: "where your treasure is, there your heart will be also," and therefore we must find ways of disciplining our finances to ensure that our hearts are focused on heavenly things--kingdom minded things. From its inception, the Church has considered the spiritual discipline of tithing (giving 10% of one's income to the local church) to be a means by which Christians can: a) invest in the kingdom work being done in their community; and b) ensure their trust is in God and not in their bank account.
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