It’s Spiritual, Not Financial
Do you think about or worry about money often?
Do you let money make your decisions for you?
Do you get upset when a preacher talks about money?
Ever buy a lottery ticket and dream about winning the “big one?”
Have you been tempted to buy into the latest get rich quick scheme?
Do you get jealous watching someone else’s success?
Do you believe money will solve your problems?
If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then chances are you’re allowing money to occupy the wrong place in your life.
“If money is the answer to your problems then you really have a problem!”
It’s not a Financial Issue, It’s a Spiritual Issue!
If you’re going to live "beyond blessed” then you have to master money and stop letting money master you.
3 big Questions Jesus asks in this parable…
First Question: Who Is Your Master? God or Money?
13 “No servant can serve two masters, for 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 God and money.”
Older Translations… NKJV “You cannot serve God and mammon.”
Mammon is a Aramaic word … transliterated in the greek… used 4 times in scripture, only in the NT, only by Jesus… 3 of those in this passage… translated to wealth… but its roots can be traced back to an ancient Chaldean god - god of greed
What does Mammon Promise
Here is the problem: Those things only find their proper source in God
God identifies us
God is our security
true prosperity is in Him
Influence (all authority) comes from him
Jesus made it clear… you serve God, or you serve Mammon… but not both
Both are jealous gods and tolerate no competition in your affection and devotion
David answered in song,“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” - Ps 20:7
2nd Question: Are you passing the money test?
10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?
Test with Unrighteous Wealth => Trust with True Riches
Every time you hold money… you take a test… Who Do I Trust?
Money is not inherently evil… It’s neutral… neither good or bad.
1 Tim 6:10 “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”
What I have been given… is little in comparison to what God wants to offer… but it’s what I do with this that determines what spirit rests upon it… Why would I want a spirit of unrighteousness to rest upon my finances?
How do I pass the test?
1) Recognize that 100% belongs to God
2) Honor God with the First 10%
3) Steward the 90% as a faithful manager in the fear of the Lord
Final Question: Can I trust you to use what is temporary to acquire true timeless treasure?
Vs 9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings.
This verse is the principle of the parable…
14 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. 15 And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
How do I master the spirt of Mammon?
1) I practice generosity
2) I pursue what is eternal (souls)