In this time of radical economic uncertainty, how can we prevent the pursuit of money (or the anxiety of losing our money) from mastering us? Jesus says we must store up treasures in heaven. What does that mean? It means putting our faith and relationship with God as the primary value in our lives. Money doesn’t have to enslave us. The way of Jesus is the way of freedom.
The Christmas season is supposed to be an opportunity to remember the gift of Jesus by joyfully giving and receiving gifts. But more often than not, Christmas turns into a season of spend, spend, spend which only adds to our already crushing burden of debt. We cannot allow the consumerism and excess of Christmas in our culture to feed the myth that happiness and peace can be bought. Life is not found in an abundance of possessions. This year, let’s conspire together to spend less to free up our resources for things that truly matter.
This sermon is part of The Advent Conspiracy series, recorded on Dec 9, 2018, by Pastor David Parks on Luke 12:13-21. Listen/download here:
Is money good or evil? It’s complicated. The human heart is sticky toward wealth—our hearts easily stick to money for security, status, and hope. But this is not the path to eternal life. However, great good can come from wealth that is used wisely. Being intentional about giving generously guards us against being mastered by our money. And it frees us to use the resources that God has entrusted to our care to be a blessing to others. Opportunity to give generously: Compassion International, releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name.
This sermon is part of the Spiritual Habits series. Recorded on Feb. 18, 2018, by Pastor David Parks, from Matthew 19:16-26. Listen/download here: