Own Nothing

November 7, 2021

Jesus understood that money is more than a source of coins and currency; it’s a means of shaping our character.

Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21)

No one can serve two masters. (Matthew 6:24)

Jesus wasn’t trying to get money out of your pockets; He was trying to get idols out of your heart.

His mission was to make disciples of Jesus who love God, love people, and serve the world.

Kingdomnomics 101: God owns all!

The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. (Psalm 24:1)

To the Lord your God belongs the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. (Deuteronomy 10:14)

Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me. (Job 41:11)

I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens, for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the insects in the fields are mine. If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it. (Psalm 50:9-12)

Implications of Kingdomnomics 101

1) We are not self-sufficient beings.

When God gives us the capacity to earn, it can quickly become our propensity to take credit.

You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth. (Deuteronomy 8:17- 18)

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. (Psalm 150:6)

If you can breathe, praise God!

2) We should not resist or resent what God wants to do with what’s His.

You will be enriched [blessed] in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. (2 Corinthians 9:11)

Abundance isn’t God’s provision for me to live more extravagantly. Abundance is God’s provision for me to give most generously.

God entrusts me with His money not to build my kingdom on earth, but to allow His kingdom to come to earth!

3) We don’t give to God as much as we return to God.

Tithing comes from a Hebrew word that literally means the tenth part or one -tenth. The practice of tithing is giving 10 percent of my income back to God.

A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD. (Leviticus 27:30)

They brought a great amount, a tithe of everything. The people of Israel and Judah who lived in the towns of Judah also brought a tithe of their herds and flocks and a tithe of the holy things dedicated to the LORD their God, and they piled them in heaps.” (2 Chronicles 31:5-6)

Discipleship 101: Jesus owns me.

You are not your own; you were bought at a price. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

The real starting point when we talk about Kingdomnomics is surrendering to the King.

They gave themselves first to the Lord. (2 Corinthians 8:5)

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