28th June 2019

Money Matters

“So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?”
Luke 16:11 (NIV)

The state of the economy plays a major role in the discussions about Brexit. Businesses are concerned about the effect of Brexit on their access both to goods from and to market in the EU, while individuals have concerns about the affect on their living standards. A tough task for the government! All this goes to show that for people in the UK money matters.

As Christians we are aware that we are not to store up for ourselves treasures on earth (Matthew 6:19) and that our focus should be on seeking first God’s kingdom and his righteousness (verse 33). But does that mean we are not to pay any concern to financial matters? All of us still have to live in a world that operates in a financial climate. We all have to earn and manage money. We are all affected by the economy, austerity and living standards.

For the Christian, money also matters and a mark of spiritual maturity is to handle our resources with proper stewardship. So not surprisingly, the Bible is full of wisdom about how we use our money and possessions. Here are some principles to reflect on:
* Remember God owns everything – “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” (Psalm 24:1).
*Plan ahead – “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise…it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest” (Proverbs 6:6, 8).
*Establish a savings plan – “The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends whatever he gets” (Proverbs 21:20 Living Bible).
*Budget so that you spend less than you earn – “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income” (Ecclesiastes 5:10).
*Borrow cautiously and repay what you owe – “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7).
*Work hard – “Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty” (Proverbs 28:19).
*Provide for your dependants – “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:8).
*Give generously – “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

Our approach to money should matter to us because it reveals whether we can be trusted with the true riches of heaven. Now that’s something to reflect on.

Prayer
Father, help us to be wise stewards of the resources you give us so that we can be a blessing to others.
Amen

Study by Barry Robinson
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About the Author:
Barry Robinson is an Elder and part of the National Ministry Team directing Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland. He is also a pastoral worker in the South of England, particularly the Camberwell and North London congregations of the Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International Central London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square
LONDON
W1T 6AQ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: london@gracecom.church

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