New Journey Fellowship
|Posted on February 24, 2015 at 8:00 PM|
Truths About Money - Part 6
Well, this is week 6 and there is no end in sight in our discussion about money. I realize that for some of you this may seem tedious and somewhat boring, but the truth is, money is involved in every aspect of our lives. Before we were ever born our parents had bills for the doctors that they visited; there was probably a huge bill for the hospital at which we were born. They spent huge amounts of money to provide food, clothing and shelter for us as we were growing up and perhaps even helped us financially in our adulthood. In our lifetime, thousands upon thousands of dollars will pass through our hands leading us to the end of our lives, which will probably conclude with a huge medical expense and the cost of a funeral.
The simple fact is, money is a part of life and we all need to learn to manage it better. As Christians we realize that we are all simply stewards of what God has entrusted to us and as stewards we will some day give an account for what we have done with what we have been entrusted. So far, we have discussed:
1. Saving money is hard;
2. Owing Money is Dumb;
3. Saving Money must be a priority;
4. Giving Money is Good;
5. Spending is easy.
This leads us today's topic:
6. Money is Finite
Now I realize that many of you may not fully understand what I am talking about, but as a country boy I remember several times when our well ran out of water. Usually, someone had been using a water hose and had forgotten to turn of the spigot, thus allowing the water to run until it had drained all the water out of the well, causing the pump to lose it's prime and leaving the whole household without water. Fortunately, in time, the well would fill it's self back up, but we would have to be without water for a little while as the well refilled itself. You see, water is constantly flowing into a well but the flow as limited. If you take more water out than is flowing in then eventually you will run out of water (even when there seems to be an over abundance of water to start with.)
I have seen in my own life and in the lives of many others this same principle played out with money. If you spend more money than is coming in, then you will eventually run out. Even when it comes to a large some of money, it always seems to be more than it truly is. Whether it is a $500.00 tax return, or a $100,000.00 inheritance, it seems like you will be able to do so much with it, but before you know it it's gone and if you didn't plan well, you don't even know what happened to it. Money is always finite and once you have spent it, it's gone and far too often you are left wondering what happened to it. I once saw a documentary about a homeless man who was given $100,000.00. He lived well, for a little while, but in no time he had spent all that he had and ended up back where he had started. That money could have changed his life if only he had been wise and used it well. The truth is, we all have similar opportunities, we simply need to learn to be better stewards of what God has given to us.
- Pastor Tim