Pastor Miles delivered Part 3 of his series on our stewardship of God-given gifts - time, talents, and treasures.
Stewardship - The responsibility of trust of managing and supervising
Treasure - That which has exchangeable value
Talents - Your power Holy Spirit expression designated to defeat the devil
1. The stewardship of your earthly treasure will identify your eternal master.
"No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."Matthew 6:24
The spending of our money reveals who our master is. Do we give to godly causes? Do we tithe? Do we buy drugs? Do we spend more than we earn to look good to others?
The way we spend our money shows us where our hearts are and if we need to change our focus.
2. The stewardship of your earthly treasure will reveal the intent of your heart.
"Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, 'In what way have we robbed You?' In the tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try me now in this," Says the Lord of hosts, "If I will not open for you the windows of heaven, And pour out for you such blessings That there will not be room enough to receive it." Malachi 3:8-10
In the Old Testament, the Jews were constantly tithing and sacrificing to God to show their faith in Him. God still requests that we tithe so that He can bless us. What we earn all belongs to Him, so we aren't giving up ten percent of what is ours, rather God is blessing us with ninety percent of what He has given us.
Money is the only topic in the Bible on which God asks us to test Him.
Money is the only topic in the Bible on which God asks us to test Him. It is also the most talked about subject - and for good reason. Money is important to us.
It can buy our needs and our wants, but if we perceive that it will give us happiness, we fall into the basic worship of money rather than worship of God. This upsets God, and rightly so, as He alone is worthy of our worship. He wants our whole hearts devoted to Him.
3. The stewardship of your earthly treasure will indicate your investment in the kingdom of God.
Revelation 21:18 says, "The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass," and the verses that follow describe in detail all the precious stones that construct the walls and gates of heaven.
The stones and metals that are valuable on earth are the building blocks of heaven. On earth, we use concrete, brick and mortar to build, but in heaven, gold is used. We need to keep this in perspective because no matter how rich we become down here, that wealth is nothing compared to the treasures of heaven.
4. The stewardship of your earthly treasure will determine your eternal worship experience.
Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay straw, each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is.
If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. 1 Corinthians 3:12-15
Salvation is not the same thing as wise stewardship of our heavenly gifts. This verse says that at the end we will be saved, but our work is judged by fire.
All that we do that produces eternal results will not be lost in fire, but that which has no significance will disappear like hay or straw in a furnace. Our treasures are easily wasted or lost, so we have to watch what we do with them.