Kingdomnomics

Steward Everything

November 14, 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)
Be careful and guard against all kinds of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own. (Luke 12:15 NLT)

Everything you think you own, is really on loan.

Kingdomnomics 101: God owns all. 

Kingdomnomics 201: Manage God’s trust fund.

Steward = somebody who manages the assets of an owner.

Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created humankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. (Genesis 1:26-28)

Redeem the time…make the most of every opportunity. (Ephesians 5:16)
You are not your own, you were bought at a price, therefore, honor God with your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

We don’t see ourselves as entitled; we see ourselves as entrusted.

1) My use of money will not get me into heaven.

Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” (Matthew 25:34-36)

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect…Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. (1 Peter 1:18-19, 21)

“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?” The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:37-40)

 

2) My use of money can keep heaven from getting into me.

By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames. (1 Corinthians 3:10-15)

Did you view salvation as a one-time transaction instead of a life-long transformation? If you don’t own it, then why did God loan it?
3) My use of money can put treasure in heaven.

Don’t store treasures for yourselves here on earth where moths and rust will destroy them and thieves can break in and steal them. But store your treasures in heaven where they cannot be destroyed by moths or rust and where thieves cannot break in and steal them. (Matthew 6:19-20)

Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle. (Proverbs 23:5)

Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven. (Matthew 6:20)

You can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead.

The empires of this world use people to win money. But in Jesus’ Kingdom, we use money to win people.

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in
wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. (1Timothy 6:17-19)

Every day, you are either moving toward your treasure or away from it.

4) My use of money can bring heaven to earth.

I assure you that when the world is made new and the Son of Man sits upon his glorious throne, you who have been my followers will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life. (Matthew 19:28-29)

Behold I am making everything new. (Revelation 21:5)

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