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The guys in my mentor group recently turned me on to an app called Mint. For those who are unfamiliar with it, Mint is a budgeting app that allows you to budget and track your spending all on your phone (as well as a bunch of other stuff I haven’t figured out yet). It makes it extremely easy to keep track of your money and to see how much you have left for the month in any particular category. You can hook it up to your bank accounts and credit cards to track your purchases, so that rather than being surprised by how much I’ve spent on groceries at the end of each month when I plug all the receipts into the budget book, at any given moment I can look and have an idea of what I’ve spent. While this is extremely helpful, I have already begun to see the unique ways that the temptation to trust in money shows up through this app. Rather than leaving my financial security blanket at home on my desk, I can now carry it with me wherever I go. Along with the blessing of being able to use finances more wisely comes the temptation to put my trust in the wise use of my finances.
The temptation to trust in money is one of the most basic impulses of human sinfulness. Money gives us the illusion of control. It convinces us that if we work hard enough and make wise decisions, we will one day “arrive” in life. Scripture teaches us that no matter how much money we have, we are poor without God. Not only is money fickle and temporary, but it is also not able to bring any real security, for it does not address our true need. Money can make life easier. It can bring legitimate comfort and pleasure. But money cannot fix our heart. Recently, I have had a lot of car trouble. It would be really nice to have more money to throw into getting the cars fixed. Money is a means to fix a lot of things, but it cannot fix our sin. In fact, it has quite the opposite effect.
Only one thing can make us truly rich: the life and death of Christ on our behalf. In this only can we trust for our eternal security. II Corinthians 8:9 says, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.” If you are in Christ, then through His life and death you have treasure stored up for you in heaven. You already are rich; you have no need to seek after earthly riches, because you have all the riches of heaven awaiting you. So pursue the treasure that is awaiting you, not the treasure that is fleeting.
Scripture: Matthew 6:19-34
Sermon: Love God, Not Money