Friday, March 28, 2008

Why is Money So Important?

I love to ask why. Right? You should know that by now.

Why is money so important? There are actually many ways to answer this question. Don't you think it depends on your current circumstance? This week money was important to me because I needed to keep my family safe by fixing our van. It really is a personal question. But sooner or later, like all why type questions, there is always one ultimate question and the only adequate answer is the one found outside of my self. So I reframe the question: Why is money so important to God?

Four years ago I taught an adult (sunday school) class at my home church. The class was called Money and Eternity and it was based off the material in the book Money and Eternity by Randy Alcorn. I was just reviewing some of the slides from the class where we covered the answer to the why question.

Why is Money so Important to God?

Luke 19:1-10

What was the first area of Zaccheus’ life that was transformed by the miracle of his conversion? Money and Possessions

Why was that so amazing in his case? Jesus declared this man's salvation on the basis of his cheerful eagerness to part with his money – for the glory of God and the good of others.

Luke 18:18-30

What prevented the rich young ruler from receiving eternal life? Money and Possessions
Jesus in his commentary on the incident shows that love of wealth presents an impassible barrier to regeneration because the desire for riches is greater than the desire for forgiveness and heaven.

So then, why is money so important to God? Fill in the blank: Because money is _______________________________?

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