What do Fortune magazine, E-Trade, Pottery Barn and the Geico Gecko have in common?
They’re all places Americans turn for advice about money and possessions. We are all to happy for patently secular organizations to make recommendations about the stuff we should buy and the financial investments we need to make. Sadly, the local church usually doesn’t make the cut.
That’s really unfortunate because Jesus has a lot to say about money & possessions. Roughly 15% of his words in the Gospels have to do with how we handle the stuff of our material world. And nearly all his teaching flies directly in the face of the American dream. Consider the radical nature of just a few of his statements.
“Sell your possessions, and give to the needy.”
“One’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
“And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried.”
“The love of money is a root of all kinds of evils.”
If reading those verses makes you uncomfortable, you’re not alone. Preparing the last few days for a 6-week sermon series called Jesus and Your Wallet has shown me something. I like my stuff. I enjoy my suburban middle-class lifestyle and part of me doesn’t want anyone, including God, to tell me what I should or shouldn’t do with MY money. My heart is fresh soil for the insidious seeds of materialism.
So I invite you to join me in praying for four things over the next few weeks as we listen to what God has to say about money and possessions. Ask the Lord to teach us to…
- View money & possessions the way God does
- Steward money & possessions in keeping with God’s priorities
- Earn money & possessions for the right reasons
- Find our security in God, not stuff
Get ready. Jesus has something to say about your wallet.