November 7

My Money Is Not Mine


Not Mine 

There is a powerful freedom discovered when a person understands the rightful ownership God has of all things.  The follower of Christ then is able to release feelings of entitlement, envy, pride, and discontent as the grip is loosened on the things of this world.  When “This is mine” gives way to “I, and all I own, are His,” the Christian begins to truly enjoy the life of a steward and the things God has entrusted to us.  

November 8, 2020 – My Money Is Not Mine

As we prepare for pledge Sunday, we must realize, God is not asking us for some of our money.  He is not even asking us to make a 90/10 split with him.  All our money is his.  Every financial decision we make is determining how to spend his resources.  The rightly-ordered life gives God a tithe, the best off the top, in thanksgiving for the gift of Christ.  The tithe, however, is simply the pattern for the rest of our money.  None of our money is ours.  God has entrusted it to us, to spend, use, and enjoy in alignment with his will, as he would if he were spending/investing it.   

Haggai 2:8  ‘The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine,’ declares the Lord of hosts.

Malachi 3:10 – Rob God

10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

I Timothy 6:17-19

17 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. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 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.

Stop stealing and share with those in need.

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About the speaker

David Langewisch

First and foremost you need to know I am a sinner who has been cleansed by the blood of Jesus. I believe my life is fully in him. I feel good about my training to be a pastor. However, my heart's desire is to simply be a servant of Christ, used by him to help people experience fullness of life in him. Sometimes I think I’m smart. Sometimes I think I’m funny. But I count all of this as a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ and being found in him. My favorite book of the Bible is Romans, and if you have to pin me down, my favorite chapter is Romans 8. Personally, I think this matters more than knowing I’m from Minnesota, or that I was graduated from Lutheran schools starting with elementary school. Curiosity might lead you to ask about my wonderful wife, Lynn, and four children, but I would probably exaggerate about their greatness and how helpful would that be? If you really want to know other positions I’ve held, honors I’ve received, etc., you can ask and I will try to remember. But when you walk away from our conversation, this is what I want you to remember about me – I am a sinner who has been cleansed by the blood of Jesus and I believe my life is fully in him. And if, in my contact with you, some of this rubs off on you, and you share the same perspective with greater conviction, I will count it a blessing.

David Langewisch

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