I used to dread preaching about money. Not anymore.
Money is perhaps God’s greatest competition for the hearts of people. But here’s another reason:
I’m convinced money is a spiritual thermometer and thermostat.
Money is a spiritual thermometer. It reads the temperature of somebody’s trust in God. Show me somebody who is an irresponsible steward or stingy and I’ll show you a person who isn’t very spiritually mature. On the other hand, show me somebody who is responsible and generous, and I’ll show you a person who is trusting in the Lord.
But money is also a spiritual thermostat. It sets the temperature of your trust in God. Want to trust God more? Give more.
Jesus taught this when he said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21, ESV)
How we handle money reveals both where are hearts are and where they will be.
Therefore, as a pastor, I can’t treat money as a sideshow issue that I’m hesitant to address. I wouldn’t treat prayer that way. I wouldn’t feel nervous exhorting people to read the Bible. Instead, I’ll preach boldly that prayer, Bible reading, and stewardship are all important ingredients to a growing faith.
Pastor, if you want to see your people’s faith grow, don’t shy away from preaching on money.
(Check out these stories of incredible spiritual growth that came from trusting God financially)