Receive Christian personal finance advice from the Bible, so you can develop a scriptural understanding of one of our greatest stewardships. Learn principles for adults to apply to their marriages, and for parents to pass along to their children. I delivered this message at the 2017 Christian Heritage Homeschool Conference.
Table of Contents
- Sermon Lessons for Christian Personal Finance Advice
- Family Worship Guide for Christian Personal Finance Advice
- Sermon Notes for Christian Personal Finance Advice
- Lesson 1: Money is amoral, but our relationship to it is spiritual.
- Lesson 2: Put off debt, and put on saving.
- Lesson 3: Put off getting rich quickly, and put on obtaining money “little by little.”
- Lesson 4: We develop the habit of saving or wasting money.
- Lesson 5: Most people have a spending problem versus an income problem…
- Lesson 5: Most people have a spending problem versus an income problem resulting from (part 1) small purchases that add up.
- Lesson 5: Most people have a spending problem versus an income problem resulting from (part 2) impatience
- Lesson 5: Most people have a spending problem versus an income problem resulting from (part 3) self-entitlement.
Sermon Lessons for Christian Personal Finance Advice
- Lesson 1: __________ is ____________, but our relationship to it is spiritual.
- Lesson 2: Put off ________, and put on ____________ (Proverbs 6:8, 13:22, 21:20, 22:7, 30:24; Romans 13:8).
- Lesson 3: Put off getting ________ ______________, and put on obtaining money “little by little” (Proverbs 10:4, 13:11, 14:23, 28:19-22; Matthew 25:27).
- Lesson 4: We develop the habit of ____________ OR ______________ money.
- Lesson 5: Most people have a _______________ problem versus an ____________ problem resulting from:
- (Part I) __________ __________________ that add up.
- (Part II) ____________________ (Genesis 27:34; Philippians 3:19; Proverbs 21:5).
- (Part III) Self-______________________ (Genesis 3:4-5; Luke 9:23; 2 Samuel 13:4).
Family Worship Guide for Christian Personal Finance Advice
- Day 1—Read 1 Timothy 6:10 and discuss: If our relationship to money is moral, in what ways can money be used morally? In what ways can it be used immorally? What does our use of money reveal about our relationships with God?
- Day 2—Read Proverbs 6:8, 13:22, 21:20, 22:7, 30:24, Romans 13:8 and discuss: What steps can be taken to pay off debt and avoid it in the future? What would it look like to “put on” saving? What practical steps can be taken?
- Day 3—Read Proverbs 10:4, 13:11, 14:23, 28:19-22, Matthew 25:27 and discuss: What does God’s Word say about obtaining money quickly versus slowly? How do people try to get rich quickly? What are the dangers to this approach? What are some ways people can save money over time?
- Day 4—Read Genesis 27:34, Phil 3:19, Hebrews 12:16-17, Proverbs 21:5 and discuss: How does Esau present a sobering warning? What can be learned from Esau and applied to finances? How can you avoid being like – and then later feeling like – Esau?
- Day 5—Read Genesis 3:4-5, Luke 9:23, 2 Samuel 13:4 and discuss: How did the devil make Eve feel entitled? What makes us feel entitled at times? How can we resist this temptation? In what ways could Jesus have been entitled?
Sermon Notes for Christian Personal Finance Advice
My wife, Katie, and I grew up completely differently. Her father is a farmer who had tens of thousands of dollars coming in and out every month, so it was nothing for him to spend a few hundred dollars here or there. As a result, Katie basically grew up getting whatever she wanted.
This made for some problems early in our marriage. I would say finances was easily our biggest conflict.
We’ve always been a single-income family. When we got married I was a schoolteacher, and a few years later I became a pastor. Neither profession makes much money, but we’ve still been able to pay off all our debt, including our house and two vehicles.
I share this to hopefully encourage you that this is possible…even if you don’t make a lot of money.
Our situation has always reminded me of:
- What Jesus did with the fish and the loaves…
- Or what Elisha did with the widow’s oil.
There was a little, but it was able to be stretched really far:
- That’s what God can do with our finances when we seek to honor Him with them.
- I also think the opposite is true. When we don’t seek to honor the Lord with our finances, He can make sure a lot doesn’t stretch very far.
So let’s discuss how we can honor the Lord with our finances!
Aside from a few things like health or family issues, there aren’t many things in life that…
- Stress people out…
- Keep people awake at night…
- Or cause anxiety…
More than financial problems.
When you ask people about their greatest regrets they’ll often share something related to finances:
- They’ll tell you about some bad purchases they made…
- Or they’ll tell you they wish they would’ve started saving earlier…
Regret over finances is one of the most common regrets people have.
Poor financial decisions negatively affect families and the body of Christ:
- Sometimes men have to work more hours or even two jobs…
- I’ve had couples tell me this is the reason the mother has to work and is unable to stay home…
- These sorts of situations affect a family’s ability to spend time together…
- These sorts of situations affect a family’s ability to be involved in the body of Christ.
My hope for this workshop is we can learn financial principles from God’s Word that will…
- Help prevent us from experiencing all that anxiety…
- Help us avoid unnecessary regrets…
- And – most importantly – allow us to serve the Lord and serve our brothers and sisters in Christ better.
And this brings us to the first principle I want us to consider…
Lesson 1: Money is amoral, but our relationship to it is spiritual.
Money – like many things – is amoral or spiritually neutral:
- It’s neither good nor bad.
- But our relationship to it is spiritual.
As a result, what we do with money says a lot about us spiritually and morally.
Dennis Rainey said, “Every financial decision you make is actually a spiritual decision. For many, that’s a revolutionary concept. How you manage your finances is a pretty good barometer of the condition of your spiritual life.”
The difficulty with money is since it can be used both morally or immorally, it’s not a black-and-white issue. As a result it requires more wisdom than other areas of Scripture. Consider these examples to see what I mean:
- We’re to save money…but not hoard it.
- We’re to spend money…but with discretion and self-control.
- We’re to make purchases…but not things that are trivial or extravagant.
- We’re to be generous and giving…but with discernment and guidance from the Holy Spirit.
- There are actually times we’re told NOT to give: 2 Thessalonians 3:10 We commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.
- The best thing you can give a person in this position is a job…not money.
- We’re to give to the Lord…but joyfully and sacrificially
All of these situations reveal wisdom is needed to manage our finances well.
What I’d like to encourage you to do to be wise with your finances is apply the biblical principle of putting off and putting on. If you want to handle your finances biblically, then you have to apply biblical principles to them.
One of the most fitting is the principle of putting off and putting on. This is discussed in Ephesians 4 and Colossians 3:
- The idea is you stop something and start something else.
- It’s not enough to simply put off something without also putting on something else.
- For example you:
- Put off lying and put on speaking the truth.
- Put off stealing and put on working with your hands
- Put off corrupting – or unwholesome talk – and put on language that’s edifying and gives grace
Paul lists a number of things to put off and put on, but it’s not meant as an exhaustive list. He’s trying to teach a principle that can be applied to the Christian life, including in the area of finances. This is how to be biblical with your finances. You look at principles in God’s Word and apply those principles to the money you have. And this brings us to Lesson 2…
Lesson 2: Put off debt, and put on saving.
In my mind debt is one of the most unique topics in Scripture, because it’s discouraged, but many Christians are willing to embrace it. I actually can’t think of any other area in Scripture that is presented so negatively, but is embraced – sometimes very willingly – by many Christians.
While money is presented amorally or spiritually neutral, debt definitely is NOT:
- Debt is not ambiguous or unclear in Scripture.
- In the OT we’re told debt makes us slaves: Proverbs 22:7 The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender,
- In the NT, in Romans 13:8 we’re told not to owe any man anything other than love.
Rod Rogers said, “What does God have to say about the impact of debt on His people? He says [it] makes you a slave to your lender. In the Old Testament world if you couldn’t pay your debt on time you became the slave of the lender until you worked off your debt. In our day, if you borrow money you become the lender’s slave by giving much or most of your income back to the lender.”
I’d like to provide a little balance to this, because I understand there are some situations that force people into debt:
- It could be health issues and the bills start piling up…
- It could be the loss of a job and an inability to pay for expenses…
- It could be some other unforeseen accident or trial.
But you notice something with each of these situations: they’re out of the people’s control. People in these situations didn’t choose to be in debt. But if we’re honest:
- This isn’t USUALLY why people find themselves in debt.
- Usually people find themselves in debt when they HAD control of the situation, but they wanted something and they didn’t want to wait until they had the money to pay for it.
When you’re considering a purchase, I would encourage you to use debt as a litmus test – or fleece – to determine whether to go forward. Here’s how to do that…
Ask God to provide the finances necessary to make the purchase without accruing debt:
- If that happens, then possibly view that as confirmation to go forward with the purchase.
- If God doesn’t provide the finances, view that as confirmation NOT to go forward with the purchase.
I will say that if God wants you to make the purchase, He can more than easily provide the money for you to do so…without having to do something that conflicts with His Word.
Just think about it logically…
- If Scripture warns us against debt, is God going to lead us to do something that He warns against?
- If Scripture speaks negatively of something, would it be God’s will for us to embrace it?
And if we’re supposed to put off debt, then it’s easy to tell what we’re supposed to put on: saving…
As poorly as the Bible speaks of debt, it speaks equally positively of saving…
- Proverbs 13:22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.
- Proverbs 21:20 Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.
The idea is wise people store up their resources – or save – but foolish people squander or consume them…they spend every penny they have.
In Scripture ants are applauded for being hardworking, but they’re also applauded for being savers:
- Proverbs 6:8 [The ant] stores her supplies in summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.
- Proverbs 30:24 There are four things which are little on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise (and here’s why the ant is exceedingly wise…) 25 The ants are a people not strong, Yet they [store] their food in the summer.
Ants are applauded for their abilities to save.
But Scripture goes beyond just encouraging us to save. It tells us HOW to save – or accumulate money – and how not to try to do that. And this brings us to Lesson 3…
Lesson 3: Put off getting rich quickly, and put on obtaining money “little by little.”
Our flesh tempts us to be greedy. As a result, there aren’t many things more attractive than getting rich quickly. The world understands this and this is why the marketing pitch of many advertisements can be summarized in the words: “Get rich quick!”
We need to keep in mind trying to obtain money quickly is discouraged by Scripture:
- Proverbs 28:20b HE WHO HASTENS TO BE RICH (or seeks to get rich quickly) will not go unpunished.
- Proverbs 28:22 A man with an evil eye HASTENS AFTER RICHES, and does not consider that poverty will come upon him. God says trying to get rich quickly actually leads to poverty. This is true in that most “get rich quick” schemes simply take people’s money.
The most obvious way people attempt to “get rich quickly” is through gambling:
- It’s a terrible stewardship of God’s money.
- It holds strong potential for addiction.
- And it’s usually motivated by two compromises in a person’s life:
- Impatience: not being willing to wait and make money over time, which I’ll discuss in a moment.
- And laziness: a desire to make money without working for it.
Just this past week the new casino opened close to our home, and all of I5 was backed up for hours because of the number of people thinking they can get rich quickly.
Instead of trying to get rich quickly, God’s Word gives us two principles regarding the accumulation of wealth…
First, we’re told it should be earned:
- Proverbs 10:4 Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent (or hard working) hands bring wealth.
- Proverbs 14:23 In all toil (or hard work) there is profit, but mere talk tends to poverty.
- Proverbs 28:19 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
I’d say gambling and “get rich quick” schemes are two popular worthless pursuits that lead to poverty.
Second, God’s Word says we should accumulate wealth over time…
Proverbs 13:11 Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.
This is referring to working hard and saving week-after-week, month-after-month, year-after-year. But it’s also referring to interest! Just to support this idea, let me briefly remind you of one of Jesus’ teachings…
In the Parable of the Talents:
- One man received five talents…
- One man received two…
- And one man received one.
The man who received one talent took it and buried it in the ground where it received no interest. Then he gave it back to the Lord and listen to what Jesus said…
Matthew 25:27 [Jesus said,] “So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.”
Jesus is a fan of interest!
The man who received only one talent received much less than the other men, but Jesus still expected him to invest it to receive at least some return.
The greatest way to gain interest on your money is through the stock market…and this brings up an interesting consideration since I just discussed gambling…
I’ve heard some people say they view the stock market as a form of gambling. It definitely can be used that way:
- If you want to “play” the stock market versus “invest” in it…
- If you want to use the stock market to “get rich quickly” instead of using it to accumulate interest over a period of time – little by little…
Then yes, I would say it’s gambling.
I have a friend I respect who equates the stock market with gambling, so he has elected to purchase gold instead. The problem is gold can also decrease in value, which means it’s also “a gamble” you might say.
With all that said, if your conscience forbids you from investing in the stock market, please don’t let my message encourage you to violate your conscience.
The greatest asset we have when it comes to making money is not money itself. It’s time!
- Consider these two examples…
- Example 1: A 30 year old investing $200 per month at 7% interest will have $244,000 at 60 years old.
- Example 2: A 20 year old investing $200 per month at 7% interest will have $525,000 at 60 years old.
- Starting 10 years earlier results in MORE THAN twice as much money: a difference of $281,000.
For this example I used a modest return of 7%. Over the last 25 years – including even the downturn from The Great Recession – the stock market has averaged almost 12%.
I want to show you another chart using an interest rate of 12%, assuming the stock market continues the same pattern it’s shown historically…
For any young people here, I want to briefly address you…please look at me…
You’re facing the temptation to waste your money. The reasons for this are two-fold:
- First, you have very few financial obligations. You don’t feel the pressure to be wise or frugal with your money.
- Second, you’re young, so you think you have plenty of time. You don’t feel much – if any -urgency to save.
As a result, you end up wasting your money and getting really serious about saving when you’re older. This is what many people do, but the problem with this approach is you’ve lost the main thing you needed to make money: time!
So do yourself a favor: start saving now!
I’d also add if you have parents…
- Who prevent you from wasting your money…
- Who teach you to save money…
You should thank you!
Speaking of saving, this brings us to the next lesson…
Lesson 4: We develop the habit of saving or wasting money.
Saving money and wasting money are both habit-forming.
And, notice the word “or” in the lesson. This word is important, because you can’t develop both habits at the same time. Saying you’re in the habit of doing both is like saying you’re a plane that can fly in two different directions.
I’ve spoken with people who waste money and they justify their actions by telling you how much they’re saving. The truth is they’re still wasting money…just not as much. And as a result, they’re developing the habit – not of saving money – but wasting money. It’s just that now they’ve found a way to justify it.
Let me get you to imagine some people…
- Imagine they’re very wasteful…
- Imagine they have lots of debt…
But imagine they become very convicted and decide to put off debt and put on saving.
Here’s what can happen as their habit of wasting money becomes a habit of saving money…
- They can start to enjoy watching the money in their retirement account increase. They will look forward to maxing it each year.
- They can start to enjoy watching…
- The loan on their car decrease…
- The balance on their credit cards decrease…
- The mortgage on their house decrease…
- They get excited about paying off their debt.
- They can get to the point where every purchase they make, they consider this is money that they won’t be put toward debt or savings.
- Instead of being excited about spending money, they’ll be excited about saving money.
- The way shopping and wasting money were previously attractive, saving and paying off debt can become equally attractive.
In other words, if wasting money used to be your habit, saving money and paying off debt can become your habit.
Lesson 5: Most people have a spending problem versus an income problem…
I’d like to ask you to please make sure you notice the word “MOST” in the lesson. I want to be clear that some people do have an income problem. I don’t want anyone to sound insensitive to people legitimately struggling with an income problem.
But most people don’t have an income problem: they have a spending problem. The title of this message is, “Our Real Problem Is….” and for most of us this is our real problem.
I think it’s important to understand the difference between a spending problem and an income problem, because if you think you have an income problem, when you really have a spending problem:
- You’ll make excuses and complain about your lack of income, never fixing the real problem.
- You’ll continue to blame the wrong thing: you’ll blame the amount of money you make when you should be blaming…yourself.
We live in the wealthiest nation in the world…
Even people we identify as poor often enjoy plenty of commodities that would be considered luxuries in other countries: multiple cell phones, multiple cars, multiple computers, multiple televisions. My point is:
- Most people have more than enough money…if they’ll control their spending.
- Most people could live comfortably on a smaller income…if they would stop wasting money…
So let’s talk about how we waste money…and this brings us to Lesson 5, Part I…
Lesson 5: Most people have a spending problem versus an income problem resulting from (part 1) small purchases that add up.
Sometimes people struggle because of one or two large purchases they made costing thousands of dollars, but I’d say most often people struggle because of lots of small purchases that add up. It’s these frequent small purchases that are made without a second thought that get us in trouble financially.
There are two reasons this takes place…
First, small purchases are much easier to justify. People can say, “It’s only $5…or $10…or $20…or $40” and they don’t consider the impact over the years.
- While most people recognize the terrible decision it is to waste money on something costing thousands of dollars, it’s much tougher to believe these small purchases can actually cause problems.
- As a result, they don’t think about how these small purchases end up costing thousands of dollars.
My suspicion is most of us would be really surprised if we actually knew how much money we’ve wasted on small purchases that we thought had little to no effect on our finances.
The second reason we easily waste money on small purchases is they don’t look bad:
- The money isn’t being spent immorally.
- If you confronted people about these purchases they’d say you’re legalistic.
But the problem is these purchases still add up:
- It’s amazing how often people who are struggling financially will eat out.
- Or go to the movies.
- Or go to Starbucks.
Here’s the thing…
I’m not going to tell people they can’t…
- Go out to dinner…
- Or buy a coffee…
But I’ll say if you don’t have the money you shouldn’t go out to dinner or buy a coffee.
And here’s what you really shouldn’t do…
You shouldn’t make these small purchases and then turn around and complain about having an income problem, when you really have a – say it with me! – spending problem.
Let me give you an example…
There’s a guy named Joe, and Joe thinks he has an income problem…
On Joe’s way to work each morning he stops at Starbucks, which should really be called Fivebucks. When you talk to Joe about these daily purchases he says, “Hey, it’s only five bucks!”
If Joe does this for five years his $5 habit will have cost him and his family almost $6,700.
And this is just coffee!
- Imagine adding in the number of times his family goes to the movies.
- Or the number of times his family eats out.
- Or the number of other small purchases.
It really adds up, and sadly if Joe and his wife start struggling financially, they will tell you they have an income problem.
The next cause of people’s spending problem…
Lesson 5: Most people have a spending problem versus an income problem resulting from (part 2) impatience
Let me share a familiar account from Scripture that illustrates this…
Esau came back from the field and it says he was tired and hungry. He asked his brother for some stew, and Jacob said, “I’ll give you some of my stew if you give me your birthright.”
- This was an outrageous request.
- The only thing more outrageous than Jacob’s request was Esau’s answer!
You could say it didn’t matter to Esau what it cost him to have this stew, because he was impatient. He wanted the stew and that was all that mattered.
Let me share one verse with you that reveals how Esau felt about this purchase later…
Genesis 27:34 “When Esau heard the words of his father (that he had no blessing for him), HE CRIED WITH AN EXCEEDINGLY GREAT AND BITTER CRY.
It’s sad picturing a grown man sobbing like this, begging his father to give him something. Anything. In a sense, Esau makes a great picture of us:
- He was impatient and impulsive and we can be impatient and impulsive.
- The regret he experienced pictures the regret we experience.
- He wanted to go back and undo what he did, and we make purchases that make us want to go back and undo what we did.
Philippians 3:19 talks about people whose god is their stomach. Although Esau’s name isn’t mentioned, I suspect Paul might have had him in view.
This verse is referring to people who are controlled by whatever they want at that moment:
- They won’t wait.
- They only think about the immediate desire they have.
This is true of Esau, but it can be true of us too.
Consider this proverb…
Proverbs 21:5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but [the plans] of everyone WHO IS HASTY, SURELY TO POVERTY.
Those who are diligent or hardworking have plenty or abundance, but those who are hasty or impatient will surely come to poverty.
If we’re honest, most of us have to admit there are four words that have led us to poor financial decisions. Those words are: “I want it now!” It’s an issue of instant gratification.
By a show of hands, how many of you have heard of the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment?
It was a series of studies conducted on children. They were given one marshmallow, but they were told they could get a second if they waited until the person conducting the experiment returned 15 minutes later. As you can guess, the children fell into two categories: those who ate immediately and those who waited.
They followed these children over the years and the researchers found the children who waited tended to have – and I quote – “better life outcomes as measured by SAT scores, educational attainment, body mass index, and other life measures.”
I wish they would’ve mentioned how these children fared financially, because my suspicion is their patience – or impatience – really affected their finances as well.
I know this is a secular study, but what’s fascinating about secular studies is they often demonstrate what Scripture already reveals. It’s just sad that people have to spend millions of dollars to learn something when they could’ve just opened God’s Word.
I don’t want to pry too much into your homes and tell you what to do, but I’ll briefly share an approach we’ve taken that I believe has saved us from a lot of worthless purchases and regret…
Whenever we’re considering a purchase of reasonable value, we wait at least two weeks and then decide if we still want to make the purchase. I recommend this for three reasons:
- First, if you still want to make the purchase, there’s a better chance it’s probably a good purchase you will appreciate in the future.
- Second, this prevents impulse buying. There’s a reason successful commercials or marketers always make the sale seem urgent: “You have to buy now or it will disappear forever!”
- Third, often when people make purchases they regret, they regret the purchase within a week or two. If people would just wait that extra time, they will find themselves sitting back saying, “I’m really glad I didn’t buy that”…rather than sitting back feeling like Esau.
The last cause of our spending problems…
Lesson 5: Most people have a spending problem versus an income problem resulting from (part 3) self-entitlement.
Let me briefly share two OT stories and then discuss the application…
When the devil tempted Eve in the garden, he said Genesis 3:4b “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of [the fruit] your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
The devil was saying, “God doesn’t want you to be like Him. He doesn’t want you to know as much as Him. He doesn’t want you to be happy. He’s always telling you what not to do. BUT you deserve to be like God. You deserve to know as much as Him. You deserve to do what you want to do.”
Simply put, the devil was trying to make Eve feel entitled.
The second account…
David had a son named Amnon. Amnon lusted after his half-sister Tamar. Amnon knew it was wrong to pursue her, but because he didn’t control his mind and take his thoughts captive, he made himself sick thinking about her.
Then an evil man named Jonadab came to him and in 2 Samuel 13:4 he said, “Why are you, the king’s son, becoming thinner day after day? Will you not tell me?”
Amnon said to him, “I love Tamar, my brother Absalom’s sister.”
Then Jonadab gave Amnon a plan to have her:
- He made him feel entitled!
- He said, “You’re the king’s son. You shouldn’t be without. If you want her you should have her. You’re entitled to her.”
What’s the application for us?
We will regularly be tempted to feel entitled too!
Often it can be our closest friends – like Jonadab with Amnon – or family members who mean well, but in their love and concern for us, they give us the worst advice. They say:
- You deserve this…
- You should have this…
- God ahead and treat yourself.
Or it could just be our sinful nature making us feel entitled…
Our pride and flesh have no problem saying:
- You should have this.
- You’ve earned this.
- So-and-so has this. You should too!
We need to be on guard against telling ourselves these kinds of things!
I have met many people who have felt entitled to buy things…when they didn’t have the money. You wouldn’t believe how many people are struggling financially, but they purchase things and defend themselves saying:
- I’m treating myself.
- I deserve this.
- I’m rewarding myself.
- I’ve earned it.
But if you think about it, what have these people really earned?
- They’ve earned themselves a worse financial situation…
- They’ve earned themselves some amount of slavery to debt…
- Also they often earned themselves some amount of regret as they look back on the purchase.
There is a lot of money wasted under the sin of “self-entitlement.” There are a lot of people…
- Who are in debt…
- Who hardly have any money saved…
- But they’re wasting the money they have, putting themselves and their families in worse financial situations…
All because they feel entitled to do so.
Let me conclude by making one final point…
We’ve talked a lot about saving money, but I haven’t discussed what to do with the money we do save. If you save up some amount of money, but you’re not generous or giving with it you’re like the guy Jesus talked about in the parable who said, “I have all these crops [so] I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods.” He kept everything for himself and Jesus said he was a fool because despite the treasure he had he was not rich toward God.
If you want to be rich toward God, you have to be giving and generous:
- God gives to us so we can take care of our families…
- But He also gives to us so we can give to the church and others.