WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT MATERIALISM

Mt. 6:19-34

Materialism is the belief that comfort, pleasure and wealth are the only goals of life.

Materialism is the tendency to put undue importance on material interests.

Though the Christian has to be concerned with material interests he does not let these interests dominate his life.

I. WHAT ATTITUDE SHOULD THE CHIRSTIAN HAVE CONCERNING WEALTH?

A. He should recognize his NEEDS.

1. There is a vast difference between our needs and our wants.

2. Some basic NEEDS are food, clothing shelter, education, transportation, and some type of insurance (Mt. 6:11; I Tim. 6:8; 5:8).

B. The Christian should recognize his RESPONSIBILITIES.

There are three institutions ordained by God that the Christian has the responsibility to finance.

1. The HOME (Gen. 2:20-25).

- The Christian is supposed to provide for his family (I Tim. 5:8).

2. The GOVERNMENT (Rom. 13:1).

- The Christian is to pay his taxes (Mt. 22:21).

3. The CHURCH (Mt. 16:18).

a. The Christian is to contribute to the ministry of his local church (I Cor. 9:7-14).

b. You are sinning against God when you fail to support your church in tithes and offerings!

C. The Christian should have the proper attitude concerning his use of money.

- The Lord spoke at length on this subject (Mt. 6:19-34).

1. He emphasized the insecurity of laying up your treasures on earth      (v. 19).

2. The Lord pointed out the security of laying up treasures in heaven (20).

3. The Lord showed the frustrating results from trying to serve God and this world system (vv. 21-24).

4. The Lord emphasized the need to live by FAITH (vv. 25-34).

a. He shows that God will meet our needs yet He does not teach laziness (v. 26).

b. God meets the needs of the birds.

While they do not farm and store grain, yet they are always busy looking for food.

II. SOME WEALTHY MEN IN THE BIBLE

A. Some men that PUT THEIR WEALTH BEFORE GOD.

1. The RICH YOUNG RULER (Mt. 19:16-26).

a. This young man had riches, rank, religion and even a respect for Christ, but he broke the very first commandment – he put his possessions ahead of God (vv. 21-22).

b. This was a form of apostasy.

2. The RICH FOOL put his wealth before God (Lk. 12:16-21).

a. This man laid up treasure for himself but left God out (v. 21).

b. This man was a materialist (v. 19).

c. This man failed to recognize and give honor to God who gave him what he had.

d. He failed to consider God when planning his life (Job 27:8).

e. He failed to realize that possessions couldn’t guarantee life (Jas. 4:14).

f. He failed to remember that you can’t take it with you…but you can send it on ahead (Mt. 6:20).

B. Some men that PUT GOD BEFORE THEIR WEALTH.

- These men did not put their trust in money.

1. ABRAHAM was wealthy (Gen. 13:2).

a. Abraham’s life was characterized by faith.

b. He recognized that he was but a stranger on this earth.

c. He looked for a better, heavenly country (Heb. 11:8-10).

2. JOB was a great man with many possessions (Job 1:3).

a. Job recognized that it was God who gave and who took away (1:21).

b. Job’s faith rested in a Sovereign God and not in things.

3. RICH SOLOMON,

After having tried all the allurements of the world came to the conclusion that it was God, not gold, that added meaning to life (Ecc. 2:7-11; 5:9-20; 12:13-14).

CONCLUSION

- WHO IS YOUR MASTER?

The proper attitude is to place the Lord first in your life and trust Him to supply you with what He deems necessary.

He knows our needs and will not withhold what He knows to be best.

Real contentment is independent of wealth or poverty…it is based on a godly life (I Tim. 6:6-12).

A man is materialistic, not because he owns many possessions, but because the possessions own him.

Money should be our servant and not our master – ONLY as God becomes Master can money become our servant.