This month, we continue our stewardship series by taking a deeper look at the fundamental questions surrounding building our material possessions.
- There are two ways to live your life – on purpose or by accident. You can plan your life and live your plan or you can live by accident. God created us to live on purpose.
- The Bible is full of examples about how we are to make plans. Some examples are Hebrews 11:40, Jeremiah 29:11, II Corinthians 1:15-17 and the list can go on and on.
- When it comes to building up one financial empire, we can find ourselves doing it without any divine purpose behind it. Successful people build up “their pile of stuff” because they have become very good at what they do. They like building but that’s what they enjoy. The fundamental question is “What is my purpose for continuing to build up?” Jesus tells us that accumulating excess material possessions as a sole end is futile. Matthew 16:26 says “For those who do this are like the rich farmer who planned to tear down his smaller barns and build bigger barns.” Jesus called this man a fool.
- The question is, “What foundation are you building on? What materials are you building with? And why are you building what you’re building?”
- John Wesley had it right when he said, “Gain all you can. Save all you can. Give all you can.” If we build on this financial advice, we will be building on a solid foundation. If we build this way we will discover that we are indeed living life on purpose.
- We need to look at what we do with our time, our talent and our money. When we give God our time, talent and money and live according to his purpose, we are being the good stewards that God has called us to be.
- What are you building with your life and do you have a purpose?
Author: Tommy Herndon