Living Richly

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Just wrapped up the third and final worship service today. I had the privilege of teaching in our series “In God We Trust.”

Look at my paycheck; I am not rich. At least not if you consider “rich” a certain amount of money. But what is that magic number one must reach in order to be “rich”?

I like what Andy Stanley said about “rich”: It’s a moving target. Gallop asked people with different incomes what they needed to earn in order to feel rich. The end result was that everyone said a number that was more than they currently had!

Did you know that if you make $37K/year you are in the top 4% of the income-earners in the world? That means 96% of the world is poorer than you! You are filthy rich to someone else.

The principle I shared today was this:

RICH is not about your income. RICH is about how you live.

In 1Timothy 6:17-19, Paul outlines how to Live Richly:

  1. Don’t Be Arrogant
  2. Trust God, Not Money
  3. Be rich in good deeds
  4. Be generous and willing to share

Proverbs 18:11 – The wealthy see their riches as a fortified city; they imagine it an unscalable wall.

Proverbs 18:10 – The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous to it and are safe.

Through this passage, God has reminded me that HE is my strong tower, my provider and my hope. He has taught me I can stop trying to get rich and begin living like I am rich.

You can link to the podcast from here. (should be up by Monday, 4/29)

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