How should we think about money?

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Following last Sunday evening’s TNT interview on money, some might appreciate this aide memoire of three principles from scripture and ten questions to ask ourselves as we consider our attitudes to financial and material blessings from our generous God:

 

Three principles:

  1. God provides material blessings to meet our needs; He is Creator, we are stewards of his creation (Genesis 1:28-30).
  2. Money can become an idol, our attitudes to money tell us when this is so. We cannot serve God and money (Matthew 6:24 and 1 Timothy 6:10).
  3. Money can be used for God’s glory, in thanksgiving for his great mercy (Luke 19:8 and 2 Corinthians 8, 9).

Ten self-examination questions:

  1. Where is our treasure?
  2. Who determines our economic decisions? God or mammon?
  3. Are we watching for signs of greed?
  4. What absorbs my thinking time?
  5. Do we spend more time and effort in cultivating wealth or personal relationships?
  6. What or who motivates our spending, our saving, our giving?
  7. Do we need to dethrone money? Who is our ruler?
  8. In whom or what do we trust (for security, for happiness)?
  9. Are we content or anxious? (Philippians 4:11, 1 Timothy 6: 6-10)
  10. How thankful are we? Are we truly grateful?

Further help:

Steve Lawes, 10/06/2016

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