My older sister once ate a worm for $5. It would take a lot more than that for me to eat one, just saying…(unless maybe I was on Survivor). What would you be willing to do for 10 million dollars? According to the anonymous survey done with “The Day America Told the Truth”, 1 in 7 Americans said they would murder a stranger for $10 mil.
That survey was done a few years ago, but I read a Fox News Article recently that was about a man who was arrested after he accidentally texted his ex-boss ‘Help me kill my wife’. Apparently he was trying to split the $1,000,000 insurance policy on his wife and a possible $500,000 policy for his daughter 50/50 with the murderer.
Doesn’t surprise me because the Bible says, “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil…” – 1 Timothy 6:10 (NLT).
Getting to this past Sunday’s Sermon, it’s about viewing and doing your finances differently, and by differently, I mean God’s way, which is the right way and the best way… even if it doesn’t make complete sense.
It’s about loving God, not Money.
2 Biblical principles
- #1 – 99% of our money issues would go away if we would settle the issue of ownership (stewardship)
“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it”-Pslam 24:1 (NIV)
- God owns everything, we are managers/stewards
“Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others ” – 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (NLT)
- You reap what you sow
- 4 Levels of Giving
- Obligation – not because you want to, but b/c you feel like you have to
- Crisis – like after a hurricane or something
- Systematic Obedience – after each paycheck, tithing
- Generosity level – above and beyond
“Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over.” – Proverbs 3:9-10 (MSG)
I was in a minor car accident this past weekend while driving for Uber. While attempting to leave parking lot, a car in front of me went in reverse and hit my front bumper causing minor cosmetic damage to both our cars. I posted the video of the accident on my Youtube Channel.
If this had happened a year ago, I probably would have totally flipped out on the other driver with very colorful language. However, when this happened I was like, “God, your car got dinged… what do you want me to do about it?”.
I ended up talking it out with the other driver and decided that the best thing to do was show him some love by letting him go, even though I had all the evidence I needed with my dash cam to go to the police/insurance.
My point with this story is not to pat myself on the back, but to show how when you view belongings as God’s and not your own, it decreases your stress level. It was a lot easier for me to remain calm in that situation because I know that I don’t own my car, God does.
And when it comes to tithing, I’m a firm believer that God can do more with 90% of your income than you could ever do with 100%. I’ll admit, I haven’t always tithed, but recently I started to again, so yes, I’m smoking what I’m selling. It blows my mind how it doesn’t make sense on paper but works out in real life.
If you don’t believe me, why don’t you try it out for yourself? But remember the Bible verse above, if you are going to give, it should be with a cheerful heart, not because of selfish reasons.
- #2 – The other 1% would go away if we learned the secret of contentment
“I know what it is to be in need and what it is to have more than enough. I have learned this secret, so that anywhere, at any time, I am content, whether I am full or hungry, whether I have too much or too little. I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me.” – Philippians 4:12-13 (GNT)
“Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness! The more you have, the more people come to help you spend it. So what good is wealth—except perhaps to watch it slip through your fingers! People who work hard sleep well, whether they eat little or much. But the rich seldom get a good night’s sleep.” – Ecclesiastes 5:10-12 (NLT)
“Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless—like chasing the wind.”- Ecclesiastes 6:9 (NLT)
“Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never leave you; I will never abandon you.” “- Hebrews 13:5 (GNT)
- The secret is not in acquiring more, it’s about appreciating more!
- 10/10/80 rule – Good rule of thumb to follow to avoid financial problems
- Tithe first 10% to church
- Save 10%
- Live off 80% of income
By being content with what God has already blessed you with, the stress starts to go away because you stop caring about upgrading to the next iPhone that comes out, or lusting over those new cars in the dealership. Less stress looks a lot like appreciating more.
I’ve spent A LOT of time researching about new cars that I can’t afford, what a complete waste of time. It’s nice to have nice things, but the more I appreciate what I already have, the less stress that I have because I’m not so concerned with trying to find that green grass on the other side, which in reality is an optical illusion, like a mirage of an oasis in a desert.
What has God already blessed you with that you take for granted? Are you being a good manager/steward with it? I know there are definitely things that I take for granted, it’s easy to do living in America.
However, by taking a break and saying “thank you” to God for blessing me for what he has already done and given me, it helps give me a different perspective on life.
Fact: If you are living in the U.S.A., chances are you are already among the richest few percent in the world. Don’t believe me? Go to Global Rich List to find out for yourself.
The Challenge: Instead of focusing on what you don’t have and comparing yourself to the Joneses, turn your attention to what you do have and try counting your blessings. You may be surprised at the results.
This blog post was made possible by attending Foothills Community Church in Seneca, SC on 2/12/17 – Special thanks to Pastor Greg Oraham