Our Life is Not Our Own

This past weekend Pastor Dave asked a question that got my attention. He asked, “Am I investing or wasting what God has entrusted to me?” 

My husband and I just celebrated our 47th wedding anniversary. We had a fun day together which included eating out and going to a movie. He also presented me with a very sassy electric bicycle, just for fun, he said.

Investing is a great idea. We’ve been good at saving money throughout the years, but investing is another story. My husband is the adventurer, while I’m the conservative. While I like the idea of investing, I love the idea of investing money that could grow (yeah!). But I choke up when I think our investment could diminish or even vanish, depending on the current market. Thankfully, working together we come to a decision…eventually. 

Investing in God’s economy is very different. The world has an economic system and it is quite different from the economic system of God. The world system is based on bringing security, power and the prosperous life, here and now. But God’s system is based on security in Him. Some principles to help us to live faithfully in God’s economy are:

Acknowledge God owns everything; we are stewards and one day will give an account.  
Give to God first, not last.
Be a consistent manager.
Live within your God given means.
Make our financial decisions with an eternal perspective.
Give with joy. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Let’s live in God’s economy, not only to help expand God’s Kingdom on the earth, but also as we store up treason in heaven!

(Debbie Hatch)
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.

Based on Investing Our Life on May 4th, 2019 - Watch Sermon