Greater Dependence

Running with Horses
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
Jeremiah 35

“Greater Dependence”

 Why did Jesus talk about money so much?

There is a fundamental connection between a person’s spiritual life and their actions concerning their treasure. We can either allow our heart to shape how we choose to use our treasure, or we can allow our treasure to shape our heart.

Theme: God calls us to health and obedience in all aspects of our lives, even in regards to how we respond with our money.

Over the last few decades there have been two prevalent perspectives on this issue of faith and possessions.

 Moderate Materialism –

 Asceticism –

 In the Old Testament and the New Testament we see God bless folks with creature comforts. Jesus turned water into wine. God blessed Abraham and Job. Food and celebration was part of Judaism and the early church. God wants us to see the gifts that He gives us and to enjoy life. Yet we also see a warning in Scripture to not allow our possessions to be our treasure. There are many different warnings about our stuff.

 It eventually comes down to trust.

We are not called like the Recabites to sell our houses and live in tents, or to abandon our jobs and roam the desert. But we are called to differentiate our needs and our wants. It is the discipline not to strive for possessions, wealth, and extravagance, rather to live with greater dependence on God.