Last weekend, Perrysburg Campus Pastor Josh Whitlow’s bottom line was: Do you have money, or does money have you? He began by speaking about competition. Humanity’s competitive nature is captured throughout Scripture. We see it all the way back in the story of Cain and Abel, continuing with Joseph and his brothers’ sibling rivalry. It is behind our need to keep up with the Joneses in our pursuit of happiness, and perhaps it has been a more significant influence in political discourse in our country than we realize.
Our natural inclination is to think our blessings are our own doing. Whether we’re gifted with athletic ability, keen knowledge, political awareness, or financial security, we tend to credit our hard work, our attitude, and our education for our blessings. While nothing is wrong with a sense of pride or healthy work ethic, we need to remember that everything we have comes from God—our job is to manage those blessings. God owns them, and he has given them to us to share.
11 “And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? 12 And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should you be trusted with things of your own?”
We do have a choice. Will we let money rule us? Or will we listen to God and what he wants us to do with our money? Count your blessings and think about the choices God has given you to use them.
The Pharisees, who dearly loved their money, heard all this and scoffed at him.
The Pharisees chose not to. How about you?
With this weekend’s message in mind, What steps do you need to take to ensure you have money and it doesn’t have you?
Consider the blessing you have in your life. Write them down and thank God for being the provider of each one.
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Dear heavenly Father, you have blessed me and my family. We are thankful for our blessings. We know this is your plan, your work. We understand our job is to be your hands and feet, to manage your blessings, and hopefully, to bring others to you! Thank you for the blessings you have given me, my family, and my country! Amen.
This post was written by Pam Haynam. Pam is a writer for the LivingItOut Bible Study and a cook for the weekend worship band. She has a passion for education having served her community on a district school board and is currently serving on a board that sponsors charter schools across the state. She and her husband have three grown children, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, and four grandsons.
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