“Materialism and consumerism aren’t just cultural phenomenons, they’re a false religion.”

We tend to live out lives investing in temporary treasure, but God calls us to something greater, more beautiful, and more lasting. Investing in eternal treasure is one of the hallmarks of a disciple of Christ, and it is a radical call. But as we are empowered by the Spirit and motivated by the gospel, God transforms our generosity in ways we never even knew were possible.

Application Questions

1. What motivates you to invest in temporary treasure instead of eternal treasure?

2. Do you choose to serve God with your choice of lifestyle? What changes might be needed to do that?

3. Do you choose to serve God with your budget choices? What changes might be needed to do that?

4. Do you choose to serve God with your daily decisions? What changes might be needed to do that?

5. Who in your life could you ask to speak honestly and boldly into your financial choices that might help you to identify your blind spots?

Further Resources

The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn

Money, Possessions, and Eternity by Randy Alcorn

God and Money: How We Discovered True Riches at Harvard Business School by John Cortines and Gregory Baumer

Reading Plan and Prayer Guide

Below are scriptures to help you meditate on today’s sermon topic throughout the week:

Monday: 1 Timothy 6:17-19
Tuesday:  James 4:4-6
Wednesday: 1 John 1:5-7
Thursday: 1 Peter 1:3-5
Friday: 1 Timothy 1:6-10

As you meditate on the scriptures above, use these prompts to help you engage with God in prayer:

Insight: Ask God to help you see your consumeristic blindspots and for him to show you where you may be unknowingly investing in temporary treasure.

Confess: Confess your self-focused use of money and possessions. Identify areas you see this playing out and confess them.

Wrestle: Knowing that God does not forbid ownership or enjoying his blessings, talk with him about the tension you feel and the areas where you are unsure about how he desires you to use what he’s entrusted to you.

Request: Ask for wisdom to handle your treasures in a God-glorifying way that neither downplays the ways he wants you to enjoy them nor neglects the sacrificial ways he wants you to be generous with them.

Scott Mehl

Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.

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