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Money

February 24, 2014 8 comments

There are a few things that we all need.  Food.  Clothing.  Shelter.  Basic needs for all of us.  We all like to eat.  We need clothing because no one wants to see us naked.  We all like to sleep in the warm and dry.

There’s only one way that most of us can supply ourselves with those things.

Money

No, not the Pink Floyd song, though that’s what it’s about with its old cash register sound.  We all need money.

We go to work so that we will be paid with money.  Our employers charge money for their services.  Even our churches need money.  My church needs $853 just to turn the lights on each week.

No matter where we turn we need money.  Gas costs money.  Food costs money.

Money.

Money For Nothing

Let’s face it.  There’s a whole lot of stuff in our homes that money has bought that amounts to nothing.

We could call do inventories of the things we own only to find that much of it really amounts to nothing.

It could be a magazine subscription or old clothes that we hold onto because we can’t bear to let go of them.  It’s different for all of us.

Money Can’t Buy Me Love

Money can buy many things.  Like The Beatles sang, “Money can’t buy me love.”   Do you know what money can buy?

It can buy happiness.  Money can definitely buy happiness for a time.  What it can’t buy is joy

Money can do many things for us.

It just can’t do what Christ can do for it.

Have you ever tried to depend on money for happiness?

Are You All In?

I heard about some people who recently visited a church. It was the one and only time that they went to this church. 

Why? 

Because the sermon was about money. You see, the pastor knew they were coming to his church that Sunday. He scrapped what he had been planning on preaching that Sunday so that he could target them. He knew that they needed to hear that sermon on tithing. Since the pastor purposely did this, they decided not to visit that church again since he talks about money so much.

I may have exaggerated a point or two there. Yes, a couple visited a church. Yes, the pastor preached on money and tithing. No, they aren’t going back. That’s really all I know.

If they aren’t going back, I think they may have missed the point. Perhaps the pastor missed the point, too. Why not? Many, if not most of us, miss the point.

Money and tithing in the Bible is not about giving 10% or some other percentage.  It’s about our all of our money belonging to God.

The point is 10% is not enough.

The point is that most of us are not all in.

We don’t think of all of our money belonging to God.

We don’t consider that our houses, cars, jobs and everything else are His.

What difference does that simple adjustment make?

It will affect your spending choices.

It will affect your saving decisions.

It will affect your debt ceiling.

It will affect your life.

God doesn’t want our money.  He has all of the money He needs.  What He wants is for us to be all in.  He wants all of us.

Are you all in?

Drunk On What?

November 20, 2011 8 comments

I’m going to admit something.  I’ve been drunk before.  Many times before.  Fortunately, it’s been a long time since I’ve participated in that kind of behavior.  But I remember.

One of the reasons that I don’t get drunk anymore is because I became a follower of Christ.  Getting drunk doesn’t exactly exemplify the type of behavior that I or any other Christian should engage in (Drinking alcohol at all is another issue, but not one that I wish to take up in this post).

Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:18 not to get drunk on wine.  Instead we are to be filled with the Spirit.  However, as I was running the other night a question came to my mind.

What else might we get drunk on besides alcohol?

Let’s face it.  There are plenty of other things that we can get drunk on.  It might power.  It might be money or wealth.  It might be sex.  It might be (fill in the blank).  It could be anything.  And guess what?

It keeps you from being filled with the Spirit too.

That’s right.  Whatever you or I are drunk on keeps us from being filled with the Spirit.  It’s impossible to be drunk with wine (or anything else for that matter) and be filled with the Spirit.  I don’t want to argue that point with you.  It just is.  All of that other stuff leads to dissipation.  Look up the definition yourself, please.  I can’t spoon-feed you everything in this blog.  Simply put, when you are drunk on anything else, you can’t focus on Christ or be filled with the Spirit.

What’s the solution?

So, what are we supposed to do?  How do we keep from getting drunk on wine or anything else?  It’s going to sound circular, but I can think of no other answer.  The only way to keep from getting drunk and keep from being filled with the Spirit is to…..be filled with the Spirit.  I know that sounds strange.  It’s the only answer I’ve got though.

The next question that may be going though your mind could be, “How do I get filled with the Spirit?”  Check back in Tuesday.  I’m  going to tell you what I think the answer to that is.  But before we leave, think about this.

What might you get drunk on that prevents you from being filled with the Spirit?

What You Need

October 28, 2011 4 comments

What do you need?

That’s how I’m beginning this post.  I’m simply asking the question, what do you need?

Think about it for a minute and let me know.  I know Who can get it for you.  However, what you ask for might not be your greatest need.

You might think you need money.  You might think you need a new job.  Or a new relationship.  Or a change.  I’m not saying that you won’t get those things.

It’s just that those things are not your greatest need.

You have a Father who will give it to you.

Jesus said that no father will give his son a snake when he needs a fish.

Jesus said that no father will give his son a stone when he needs bread.

You can check those out in Matthew 7

Jesus said that no father will give his son a scorpion when he needs an egg.

Check that out in Luke 11.

He said that the Father is better than all of us fathers who will give these things to our children.

He said that the Father will give what is good to those who ask.

He said that the Father will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask.

What do you need most of all?

You need what is good.

You need the Holy Spirit.

Do you have the Holy Spirit?  Have you been given what is good?  Have you been given what is better than anything you would ever ask for on your own?