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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.