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Loaners Not Owners: Little Things Mean A Lot

A. God's call is always to faithfulness...
1. Faithfulness does not depend on the amount you have, but rather your attitude.
2. Faithfulness in financial wealth is a test as to how one would deal with true riches.
3. Faithfulness is never forgetting that we are only loaners to all that belongs to God.
All I have is His…I am the loaner, He is the Owner!
B. Money is symptomatic of bigger issues…
1. The root of money is mammon. Mammon was an Assyrian god with a prideful arrogant spirit that said, “We don’t need God!”
“You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.”
2. Money talks and it makes promises. Money promises security, significance, freedom, power, independence, love, etc.
“You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.”
3. Money will cause us to choose. If you don’t choose God, you have already chosen!
“You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.”
All I have is His..I am the loaner, He is the Owner!
C. Use money, don’t let money use you…
1. Trust is a building process in all areas of our lives.
All I have is His... I am the loaner, He is the Owner!
Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in New York, in his book Counterfeit Gods, gives four questions to ask about your money:

Your Imagination
Archbishop William Temple once said, “Your religion is what you do with your solitude”. What he meant by that is what does your heart run to when it has a spare moment to think privately?

Your Checkbook
Author and finance teacher Ron Blue says, “A life story could be written from a checkbook. It reflects your goals, priorities, convictions, relationships, and even the use of your time. A person who has been a Christian for even a short while can fake prayer, Bible study, evangelism, going to church, and so on, but he can’t fake what his checkbook reveals.”

Your Functional Savior
I just recently did a post asking if money is your functional savior. I encourage you to check out that post. But, these folks view money or what it brings as what will save them from their misery and bring them ultimate joy! What is it that you are viewing as bringing you the ultimate happiness and joy?

Your Emotions
Anger, bitterness, fear, doubt, despair, guilt – are just a few emotions that we can rattle off here. Emotions aren’t wrong – they are good – in fact they help us express what we are feeling. Have you ever thought about the emotions you have surrounding your money? Keller says that our most uncontrollable emotions reveal what kind of idols we have.
If you’re angry, ask yourself, “Is there something here too important to me that I must have at all costs?
If you are fearful or despairing, ask yourself, “Am I scared because something I view as so important is being threatened that I think is a necessity when it is not?
Ask, “Is this thing (promotion, money, etc.) so important to me that I must have it to feel fulfilled?"
Keller says, When you ask questions like that, when you “pull your emotions up by the roots as it were, you will often find your idols clinging to them.”
Coming next:
“Loaners Not Owners!”
February 26: Youth Sunday- “True Love Waits”
March 5: “Using or Losing” Matthew 25:21

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