I recently heard that most preachers would rather teach on hell than finances. But, Jesus talked about money a lot. In fact, you could make a case that money was Jesus’ favorite thing to talk about.
Jesus talked about money more than anything else…
- 16 of the 38 parables are about money or use a financial metaphor; that amounts to 42% of the parables
- In the gospels, 1 out of 10 verses is about money (288 total)
- Also, giving is central to being a Christ-like person; “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
If Jesus talked about money a lot, shouldn’t those who follow Him talk about it a lot, too?
I can think of at least three reasons why we need to talk about money more often…
1. Money is a discipleship issue.
The word “disciple” just means “follower of the teacher.” If we’re disciples, or followers, of Jesus, we follow his teachings. Jesus wasn’t afraid to talk about money. So, as faithful disciples, we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about money, either.
Being upset with a church for talking about money is like being upset with the mailman for bringing you a letter you don’t like. The mailman doesn’t write the mail. He just delivers it faithfully.
As someone who presents God’s word, my job is to faithfully deliver what’s there. I know I can’t do that and ignore teaching on money.
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2. It will help a lot of people.
There are a lot of people who live in financial bondage. In fact, I think it’s one of the biggest problems in our culture. Here’s what I mean…
- According to the IRS, the average filer pays 10x more a year in interest on debt than they give to charity
- Americans owe $712 billion in credit card debt
- Only 10-25% of a congregation tithes
- 33-50% of church members give nothing
My life has been blessed tremendously by learning and implementing biblical financial principles. These principles have helped me in every area of life. We will help a lot of people by providing biblical teaching about money.
3. Money Gets to the Heart.
I don’t think Jesus’ primary concern is people’s money. Jesus is primarily concerned with people’s hearts. But, he knew that how a person spends their money is the best indication of where their heart is. So, he talked about money a lot.
This statement captures it perfectly…
“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21
Jesus knew that talking about money got to the heart of things quicker than anything else. So, he talked about it more than anything else.
What topic would you like to hear more teaching on? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment below!