Scripture:   1Timothy (NIV) 6:5a   …people of corrupt mind…who think that godliness is a means to financial gain

6  But godliness with contentment is great gain. 
7  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 
8  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 

Observation:   Money is an important part of our life and is an avenue through which we can express our priorities.  Earthly money will have no value in heaven.  God did not place us on earth with a given amount of money, and we will not be allowed to take any of it with us.  It is how we use money here that gives it eternal value. 

Application:  Some of the great challenges of my life have to do with the proper use of money.  One challenge is to get the best value available out of the money I have.  Money is valuable and should not be wasted on unimportant matters.  Another challenge is to trust God that he has and will provide what I need to fulfill his will.  It is easier to do God’s will with other people’s money rather than believe God can multiply what I already have.  (Henry Vanderbush was the best example of not putting pressure on people to give to support what God had assigned him to do.)   My third challenge is how to invest what I have in ministry that will best enhance God’s Kingdom.  People arriving in heaven will not go to the bank teller to check on the size of their account.  But people arriving in heaven will be greeted by others who are there because of how their money was invested on earth! 

Prayer:   Lord, I need the help of the Holy Spirit to wisely use the money you have made available to me.  May Your priorities be easily seen in how I use money.   Amen 

Pastor Leon
Making friends for time and eternity!