Sermon Money Pt. 3 – Matthew 6:24 – FBC New Paris, OH 2/22/2015
Last Sunday I finished preaching through Matthew 6:19-24, a section of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount that explicitly deals with money. It was a hard three weeks for me. I don’t like preaching about money.
I don’t want to be associated with preachers who beg for money and promise their listeners that God will make them wealthy in return. That’s not what the Bible says, but there are so many people preaching that message all over the world that anytime you talk about money, you risk being automatically lumped in with them. So I don’t like doing it.
But Jesus gave a lot of instruction about money, and so, as I preach verse-by-verse through Matthew’s gospel, this subject is going to keep coming up.
So let me share four verses from the Bible that deal with money, and that lay out the warnings of Scripture in an unmistakable way.
1. We are not supposed to desire to be rich or wealthy.
(1 Timothy 6:9) “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.”
Notice, Paul doesn’t say, “Those who desire to be rich might fall into temptation…” He simply says that they do fall into temptation. We’re not supposed to desire to be wealthy – I don’t care what Dave Ramsey or any other Christian voice tells you. Try to defend a desire for wealth and riches (on this earth) from the Scriptures and you’ll fail.
2. There is no evil that a love for money can’t lead a person to.
(1 Timothy 6:10) “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
Oh, the sadness of this.
3. Don’t love money, but be content with God.
(Hebrews 13:5, ESV) “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for [H]e has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.'”
Christian contentment comes from a heart that believes, “If I have God, I need nothing else. God satisfies every longing He created me to desire.”
4. Lovers of money will mock what Jesus says about it.
(Luke 16:14) “Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him.”
When you hear Jesus say hard things about money, and you feel the desire to reason His hard sayings away so that you don’t have to listen or change, be careful. The Pharisees heard Jesus’ money messages, and they thought He was crazy, too, because they loved their money.
Jesus would have them part ways with it; they would not.