In Touch September 24, 2010
Posted on September 24, 2010 by under Touché,

You Can Take it With You!

“thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.” (1 Timothy 6:19)

Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the profit that accumulates to your account.

(Phil 4:17)

And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest  wealth  so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes. (Luke 16:9)

This Sunday we look at one of the most practical applications of 167 Living; our relationship with our money.  In Chapter 6 of 1 Timothy, Paul counsels his young disciple and mentee on his relationship with money and how he should guide others in their relationship to wealth.  He starts by saying there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment and if we have food and clothing we have all we need.  He then goes on to point out that some in the community will be very rich and they are commanded not to be haughty or set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but to be generous, rich in good works and ready to share. This is all founded on a trust in God.  Paul then goes on to say what he says elsewhere, and what Jesus directs us to in Luke; there are ways our giving has eternal impact.  Financial investments we make today, can bear fruit that is eternal.  The Bible challenges the simple proverb “you can’t take it with you.”    In many ways the Bible says you can pay it forward forever.

Today in our church we have the truth of Paul lived out.  Some are struggling to be content as they live close to the survival line of food, clothing and shelter. Others are blessed in ways that are beyond compare in the history of this world.  The wealth that  Christians have today could never have been imagined by Paul in the first century  when he spoke to followers of Christ.  However, Paul’s principles are just as true.  Our relationship with our money can show us sowing seeds for the kingdom of God that will be forever, or our money can be swallowed up and wasted on things that do not last.

As a church we move into a season that is trusting those who are rich to be generous in giving.  We are doing well compared to the norms that I see out there in the church of 2010.  As we move into 2011 however we recognize that we have come to the end of some of our church planting grants and the resources that were raised for our “Next 250” campaign of 2006.  This last quarter of giving in 2010 will have great impact for our budget of 2011.  I trust that those of us who are rich and doing well in these tough times will be generous, rich in good works and ready to share.  It is an investment in eternity taking hold of life that really is life.

I look forward to preaching about money this Sunday and I look forward to sharing in the wealth of God’s kingdom forever.  You can take that to the bank.

In Christ, Taylor