Day Five: Eternal Purposes

Luke 12:33-34 NIV
33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Acts 4:44-45 NIV
44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.

God hasn’t provided for us simply to provide for us, but in providing for us, he has enabled us to be a means of his provision for others. God gives you money not so much to make sure that your kingdom works, but to connect you by grace to the work of a much bigger, much better kingdom. As you give yourself to the work of this kingdom, you get to watch your money do things that are literally of eternal consequence. In offering your resources to the bigger kingdom, your money is used to fuel the most important work in the universe—redemption.” [Paul Tripp, Sex & Money]

“We too can see money as a source of blessing not just for ourselves, but also for others, and we can use money for eternal purposes.” (P. George)

Prayer: Lord, we thank you for all the ways that you have blessed our churches. We pray for greater opportunities for us to participate in serving others and caring for others’ needs, and also to invest our resources into things that have eternal purpose. May your kingdom come and may your will be done. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Let’s praise the Lord by singing “Your Love Is Strong” by Jon Foreman (click here).

-DW

 

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Day Four: Good Stewards

Malachi 3:10 NIV
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

“Do you see God’s heart in this? When we think of money like we tithe, it all comes from him and is his anyway. We are just stewards of what he has entrusted to us. In this sense, money can be a super important way we worship God, and in doing so, we can experience even more overflowing blessing of God!” (P. George)

A steward is a manager of someone else’s property or affairs. As people of God, that “someone else” is God himself! We are called to be good stewards and all that we have has been entrusted to us by God. Today, let’s remember that all our finances, money, resources, talents, jobs – all come from him. We are given the privilege and opportunity to use all that he has entrusted to us to glorify him and live a life that pleases him.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for every blessing that you have poured out into our lives. Help us to remember that all that we have is given from you and that we are called to be good and faithful stewards. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Let’s worship to “More Like Jesus” by Passion (click here).

-DW

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Day Three: Who Do You Serve?

Matthew 6:24 NIV
No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

“Jesus uses all the basic biblical metaphors for idolatry and applies them to greed and money. According to the Bible, idolaters do three things with their idols. They have them, trust them, and obey them… If you live for money you are a slave.  If, however, God becomes the center of your life, that dethrones and demotes money.  If your identity and security is in God, it can’t control you through worry and desire.  It is one or the other. ” [Tim Keller, Counterfeit Gods]

Jesus’ words are clear – we cannot serve two masters. Money can become an idol if it steals our worship and devotion which are meant for God alone. Today, let’s ask the Lord to search and examine our hearts, so that he is the master over our lives.

Prayer: Lord, we confess that at times we try to serve two masters but it only leaves us empty and weary. We were made to worship only you. We confess that you alone are our Lord and master and we serve you alone. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Let’s declare the worthiness of our God as we sing How Great Thou Art (Until That Day) by Matt Redman (click here).

-DW

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Day Two: Heart Issue

Luke 12:34 NIV
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Luke 12:34 NLT
Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

“Your heart is under the control of your life’s focus, and if that ‘treasure’ is this-world-oriented, it will be controlled by the wrong things. The heart is the source of all nonmaterial aspects of life—the intellectual, the volitional, the emotional. So if the focus is wrong, everything in life is turned upside down. So don’t pretend you are seeking God if you are centering on the things of this world—your priorities prove who you really are, and you are in serious trouble. Have we invested our resources in the earthly or the heavenly bank? That determines our destiny and our reward when we stand before God and answer for our life.” [Grant Osbourne, Luke: Verse by Verse]

“Our relationship with money is determined by how our hearts value money. And because money is a heart issue, it is largely an invisible issue, and what is going on in our hearts will eventually manifest and emerge.” (P. George)

Where we put our hearts and invest our time is where our treasure is. Let’s pray that God will reshape the way that we view and approach money, declaring that he alone is our treasure, and what we value above all else.

Prayer: Lord, you are our greatest treasure. You alone are our hearts’ desire and what we seek.  Help us not to lose sight of what and who we are living for today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Let’s continue to confess that he alone is our treasure as we sing to “My Heart Is Yours” by Passion (click here).

-DW

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Day One: Every Good Gift

Let’s read aloud the following passage and confession :

James 1:17a NIV
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.

Cape Town Commitment: We Love God’s Word
We confess that we easily claim to love the Bible without loving the life it teaches – the life of costly practical obedience to God through Christ. Yet ‘nothing commends the gospel more eloquently than a transformed life, and nothing brings it into disrepute so much as personal inconsistency. We are charged to behave in a manner that is worthy of the gospel of Christ and even to ‘adorn’ it, enhancing its beauty by holy lives.’ For the sake of the gospel of Christ, therefore, we recommit ourselves to prove our love for God’s Word by believing and obeying it. There is no biblical mission without biblical living.

God is our loving Father who knows and cares for every detail of our lives, including finances and money. Truly, every good thing in our lives, including money, is the result of the loving kindness of our Father. Because he is our loving Father, we can turn to him and trust in him.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your word that brings light and life into every area of our lives, including this area of money and finances. Loving Father, teach us your ways and help us live according to your ways. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

In thanksgiving, let’s sing “Your Name” (Psalm 40) by Kingdom Kids (click here).

-DW

 

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