Sunday, November 4, 2007

Thinking about...

Sermon in church today was interesting. It was basically the sermon on the mount and spoke about money - Matthew 6:24-34. No big surprise to hear that money is the #1 cause of worry according to a recent consumer survey. I was familiar with the biblical reference to the love of money being the root of all evil, as well as familiar with the reference to "no one can serve two masters... you cannot serve God and money." We all know that money has power. The pastor outlined the power of money as follows: money *)provides security *)determines status *)destorys marriages (found this interesting - hadn't ever thought about this before - it has to do with having enough, what to spend it on, who makes the decisions about what to spend it on - he/she who controls the money has power in the marriage) *) influences emotions (envy, guilt, regret, worth)

The pastor then talked about where to turn for financial advice -
1. Get God's counsel - Psalm 32:8 - I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.
2. Learn contentment - Isn't this a biggie? - Phillipians 4:11 - I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
Contentment is an internal disposition, not an external reality.
3. Make a Commitment - Matthew 6:33 - But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

This verse really hit home for me today...

Matthew 6:34
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Now, ain't that the truth?


Mama said...

Hey Missy!
I just blogged about this verse! It is one of my all time favs...and one I don't think I have learned quite yet!

lelly said...

interesting thoughts. these are all major messages that are delivered in the show i am currently directing. it has given me an entirely different outlook.

now, the carrying through with that new outlook, *that* is the challenge for me...