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1. Reference Point: Know where your money is going
2. Clear Objective: Honor God with your money
3. Constant Correction: Freedom from debt
Now we continue Constant Corrections by talking about the extra.
Greed: the assumption that life’s extras are for our consumption. That kind of attitude leaves us with little margin for generosity.
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
16 Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. 17 He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ 18 Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. 19 And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’ 21 “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”
33 “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. 34 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
1. If you assume the extra is all for you, you are out of balance and need to make a correction.
2. If you have a saving plan and a spending plan but no giving plan, you need to make a correction.
3. If God has blessed you with more than you need, it is so that you can share your abundance with those in need.