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Hashtags | #RadicalDude

These days most everyone is familiar with social media hashtags. These are the pound signs followed by a phrase that allows easy identification of a theme or message. If Jesus used hashtags, how would he label his messages concerning our resource management?

Jesus taught about true wisdom in handling our resources, and what he said seemed so radical it shocked his disciples. What if instead of being radical, it is actually the most reasonable way to live?

Message Notes

#RADICALDUDE

Jesus taught about true wisdom in handling our resources, and what he said seemed so radical it shocked his disciples. What if instead of being radical, it is actually the most reasonable way to live?

Matthew 6:21-34
Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

What’s your overall goal for your resources?


To set the right goal, you have to understand how God views your resources.

Your money, your stuff, your time.

I Chronicles 29:10-14
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength. O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name! But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us!

Everything belongs to God.

Everything comes from God.

Everything is distributed by God…unequally.

My main objective: To honor God with my resources, to prioritize his Kingdom. 

How? This calls for surrender. It’s not an add-on. It’s essential.

God invites me to test him in this:

Malachi 3:9-12
“You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating me. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from the devourer. Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

Hashtags | #GreedVSGenerosity

These days most everyone is familiar with social media hashtags. These are the pound signs followed by a phrase that allows easy identification of a theme or message. If Jesus used hashtags, how would he label his messages concerning our resource management?

Most people have a deep misunderstanding of two very familiar words. What does Jesus say qualifies as greed? What is true generosity?

Message Notes

Generosity is not simply giving.

Generosity is “freely giving more than is necessary, expected, often at sacrifice.” 

It is the “virtue of being unattached to material possessions, willing to give them for the sake of others.”

Greed is “the desire to get and retain more than is needed.”

Generosity and greed are defined practically by what we do with our “extra.”

We all have extra, but we don’t believe it. That’s because “extra” will never be satisfied.

Jesus defined greed as the assumption that my extras are for my consumption. 

Luke 12:13-21; 33-34

Then someone called from the crowd, “Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.”

Jesus replied, “Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?” Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”

Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’

“Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”

“Sell your possessions and give to those in need. NOT ALL>>>>EXTRA. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”
  1. If you assume the extra is all for you, you need to make a correction.
  2. Planning your giving in advance with a percentage is the way to keep your heart in check. 
  3. You need to be rich toward God. 

 

Hashtags | #BacktoBasics

These days most everyone is familiar with social media hashtags. These are the pound signs followed by a phrase that allows easy identification of a theme or message. If Jesus used hashtags, how would he label his messages concerning our resource management?

How do I manage my money instead of letting my money manage me?

Message Notes

The Starting Point: Honor God

 So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. I Corinthians 10:31

 

The Struggle:  Discontent

Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. I Timothy 6:6-10

 

The Choice: God, not Stuff

But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. I Timothy 6:6-11
No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.  Matthew 6:24

 

You can only do Five Basic Things with money:

Spend it.

Repay debt.

Pay taxes.

Save it.

Give it.

 

Two things determine the percentage and order:

Priorities—the direction of my money determines the direction of my heart.

Self-control—is my life a “me-first” proposition, controlled by my desires?

 

To manage my money well:

  1. Set a clear objective.
  2. Flip the list.
  3. Make constant course corrections.

Hashtags | #GiveandServe

These days most everyone is familiar with social media hashtags. These are the pound signs followed by a phrase that allows easy identification of a theme or message. If Jesus used hashtags, how would he label his messages concerning our resource management?

If you made a hashtag of Jesus’ formula for a powerfully impacting life it would read #giveandserve.

Message Notes

If you made a hashtag of Jesus’ formula for a powerfully impacting life, it would read #giveandserve.

We were made for #giveandserve.

John 6 | Matthew 14

#giveandserve allows us to discover what we can do.  

#giveandserve allows us to experience miracles.

#giveandserve keeps us close to Jesus.

#giveandserve helps us discover satisfaction and significance.

#giveandserve puts us on powerful teams.

#giveandserve increases our faith.