On Wall Street the term “smart money” is the money that is being controlled by financial professionals. The populace perceives that the smart money is invested by those with a fuller understanding of the market or with information that a regular investor cannot access. Most of us aren’t professional money managers but we do have the best instructor when it comes to turning our financial resources into smart money. You might be shocked to find out that what Jesus said about our money 2,000 years ago is still the best advice we can get today.
October 13 // The Heart of the Matter // Luke 16:1-13
Does our money add meaning to our lives or is it the meaning of our lives? If you choose to live for yourself, you’ll only have yourself to show for it. This week, we will look at a question that will help us discover how to use our money to add meaning to our lives.
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October 20 // Flip the Script // Matthew 6:22-24
Are you mastering your money or being mastered by it? Maybe it’s time to flip the script. Instead of striving to have enough money to satisfy a me-first appetite, Jesus’ smart money strategy encouraged his listeners to have an others-first approach. When we have an others-first approach with our money, we practice self-control and self-denial. When we do that, we can find ourselves living in sync with our heavenly Father, who wants us to not be mastered by our money.
October 27 // Keep Track // Matthew 25:14-30
It’s easier to keep track of something than to catch up with it. That’s especially true of our money. If we lose track of our money we lose our peace of mind. Regardless of our income, we should pay close attention to where our money goes. Not because we have to, but because it’s in our best interests to. If we don’t — to borrow a phrase from Jesus — we likely will fall into the rut of storing up for ourselves treasure on earth. And that could very well become a source of embarrassment later. We should all be knowing where our Master’s money is going.