Money – Gospel in Life


Tim Keller |  March 9, 2003

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  • Stewardship, Generosity and Money
Luke 12:13-34
RS 156-4


Today’s sermon comes from a series on the life of Jesus described in the gospel of Luke. Jesus says in today’s passage that his disciples should have a particular regard for money and possessions. In other words, coming into a relationship with Jesus will change how one sees the world, including money and possessions.

Jesus says, “Watch out for greed.” Greed is a money sickness that can take over one’s life — it’s like a spiritual cancer. It’s something money causes, but it doesn’t necessarily have to come from money. It can take over someone who is wealthy or poor. There are three headings under which we will learn about this sickness: how to beware of money blindness, understand the nature of money sickness, and how to acquire money wellness.

Luke 12:13–34

Jesus’ lessons teach us the need for a healthy relationship with money and things we own. He warns us about the danger of greed, a problem that can happen to anyone, no matter how rich or poor they are. He calls this problem “money-centricity” or materialism, showing us how it can make us blind to what’s truly important. Jesus stresses the importance of understanding this problem and working towards a healthy financial life, all while changing the way we see money through our relationship with Him.

1. Watch out for money blindness

Jesus talks with a man who wants help in a family fight over inheritance. This shows how damaging greed and materialism can be. He tells us to be careful, because greed can be sneaky and harder to notice than other, more obvious wrongdoings. Jesus asks us to pay attention to how we use money and how it affects those around us. He warns us not to ignore the power of materialism, which can make us choose to be blind to its influence.

2. What is this money sickness? What is greed?

Greed and materialism can show up in ways like bragging or worrying too much. These can lead to us depending on money too much for our safety and control. Chasing after money can make us arrogant and keep us from forming real connections with others. It reminds us that we should rely on God to provide for us. The main message is that we should be very generous and not find our security or happiness in money.

3. How can we achieve financial wellness?

Experiencing God’s grace and being part of a loving community can help us overcome worries, bitterness, and selfishness. Realizing that Christians are precious to God, even though He has everything, shows us the beauty of giving. This is shown through Jesus’ own giving up of material wealth. Trusting in God’s provision and sharing what we have in our Christian community encourages a culture of love, generosity, and financial peace, even when times are tough economically.



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