Finance Theology (Proverbs #34)

Text: Proverbs 11:24-28

Farming principles of generosity (vss 24-26)

  • Agrarian principle of scattering for increase
  • Sow a little, reap a little
  • Openness leads to openness
    • 1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
    • Contentment is a guard against tight wod greediness
      • Greedy always have trouble with his money
      • Contentment will allow you to be a blessing to someone else
      • Philippians 4:11-13 contentment is learned
      • 2 Corinthians 9:7 – Attitude about giving should be cheerful – King David recognized that he was only giving back what God had given to him (1 Chronicles 29:14)
      • Ephesians 4:28 – Work to give

Covetousness is trust in money (vs 28)

  • Matthew 6:24-34 – trusting God for provision
    • God uses money to prove you
    • Deuteronomy 8 – Testing Israel
    • Psalm 49 – where is your trust?
    • Proverbs 11:28 – trusting in riches will fail
    • Mark 10:21 – rich young ruler, sell what you have and give it to me? No.  Give it away and follow me.  The thing coming between you and me is covetousness.
    • Mark 12:41-44 – What you do with the money God’s given you is more important than how much you have.
  • Supposing that gain is godliness is a theology that produces covetousness.
    • Supposing that gain is godliness is a theology that produces pride.
    • Money is not a thermometer.  Money is a tool.  Money is not a basis of judgment.
  • Wealth is unreliable because it’s value is diminishing
    • The nature of wealth is just like anything else, it will diminish over time.
      • You can look at your checkbook at the end of the month and know that much about it.
      • Proverbs 23:5 – riches CERTAINLY make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
      • The only certainty about riches is that they will be gone.
      • Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.
  • Wealth is unreliable because it is uncertain
    • Seemingly stable institutions collapse
    • Wealth can change hands overnight
  • Wealth is unreliable because it has no power in itself
    • Ecclesiastes 6:1 – wealth doesn’t equal health.
    • Psalms 73 – Asaph got God’s perspective about earthly riches
    • Revelation 3:17 – God agrees that these folks have monetary wealth, but says they are poor – What a man has is in direct proportion to what he thinks of himself.  But God’s estimation is different.
    • Acts 8:18-25 – money has no power with God
  • Covetousness Promises these things 1 Timothy 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Righteous Stewardship

  • 1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; 19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
  • You’re Grateful.  You know where your blessings come from.  God giveth us all things
  • You’re Gracious.  Rich in good works
  • You Govern well.  Ready to distribute
  • You’re Generous.  Willing to communicate