Not Greedy for Money

When I have any money, I get rid of it as quickly as possible, lest it find a way into my heart. JOHN WESLEY

God will not merely judge us on the basis of what we gave but also on the basis of what we did with what we kept for ourselves. ERWIN W. LUTZER

Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of its filling a vacuum, it makes one. If it satisfies one want, it doubles and triples that want another way. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict. Titus 1:7-9

Not greedy for money!

Certainly there are some ministers that are making a good living out of the ministry. I cannot judge if they are greedy for money or not.

Many live a lavish lifestyle with a mansion, cars, and private jets; perhaps several homes in several parts of the country.
I cannot judge if they are greedy for money or not.

It would seem to me that they would be more humble and modest in how they live and operate. A ministry that brings in millions of dollars should spend a good portion of that on the expansion of the kingdom of God.

It takes money to live. Everything cost a dollar amount. Electricity and insurance are not free. Phones and air conditioning are not free.
But many a good preacher has had his head turned because of money. The ones that are the most prosperous are the ones that preach prosperity to all, even though all don’t have it.

Paul told Timothy,

The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 1 Tim 6:10

Many try to hold on to as much money as they can but you cannot take a single cent with you when you go.

Jesus was more impressed by a little old woman that gave a couple of cents to the church more than the many others that gave hundreds or thousands.
She gave all, while the rest gave a portion of their abundance.

If you are going be a good steward then you must remember that it is God’s money. Don’t love it more than you love Him.

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One thought on “Not Greedy for Money

  1. Thank you for the post. For more on John Wesley, I would like to invite you to the website for the book series, The Asbury Triptych Series. The trilogy based on the life of Francis Asbury, the young protégé of John Wesley and George Whitefield, opens with the book, Black Country. The opening novel in this three-book series details the amazing movement of Wesley and Whitefield in England and Ireland as well as its life-changing effect on a Great Britain sadly in need of transformation. Black Country also details the Wesleyan movement’s effect on the future leader of Christianity in the American colonies, Francis Asbury. The website for the book series is http://www.francisasburytriptych.com. Please enjoy the numerous articles on the website. Again, thank you, for the post.

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