Your Treasure and Your Heart

by Creflo Dollar | 3 Feb 2020

Summary

Trust is very important to God, and He wants us to trust Him above all else. Giving financially is one way we can prove to ourselves that we trust Him completely. God does not need our money, only our trust; but many people are afraid to part with any of “their” money because they see themselves, not Him, as the source of their prosperity. To prevent wrong-thinking in this area, we must consider ourselves stewards who are managing our master’s goods. Money is just a tool we can use to accomplish the really important things in life, which center on helping others and showing the love of Christ. Jesus used parables to teach that where we put our trust has eternal impact. Wherever our treasure lies is where our hearts will also be.

  1. Do not be fooled. Financial giving is about trust, not money.
    1. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and dust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:19-21).
      1. Our hearts should be in heaven, not on the earth.
      2. We lay up treasures on earth when we trust in money and its ability get us what we need, instead of in God to supply all our needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19). The love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10).
      3. We lay up treasures in heaven when we put our total trust in God. This results in a willingness to use money to help others instead of keeping it all.
      4. Our level of prosperity is determined by how we use our money to help someone else.
      5. Giving is about trusting God and acting on our faith.
      6. God wants to be involved in every area of our lives. We hold ourselves back when we compartmentalize our lives and allow Him to take care of us in every area except for our finances.
      7. We are not the source of our own prosperity. All things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee (1 Chronicles 29:14). Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father which is above (James 1:17).
      8. When we tithe, it is no longer to prevent a curse, but it is just because tithing is good. We should not give out of necessity, but according as we purpose in our hearts (2 Corinthians 9:7).
    2. Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions (Mark 10:21, 22).
      1. Jesus’ answer to the man was designed to test him to determine where his heart and his trust were. God weighs the heart of a thing (Proverbs 21:2).
      2. The man bragged that he had kept all of the law, but no one could do that but Jesus. Under Old Testament law, anyone who could not keep all of it was cursed (Galatians 5:3; Deuteronomy 27:26). Anyone who offended in one area of the law was guilty of all (James 2:10).
      3. The man was grieved because he saw giving as a loss, not a gain. Many Christians are the same way.
      4. The motive for giving and tithing should be a cheerful heart. Jesus was looking over the offering plate, not to see how much people gave, but to see how much was left over (Mark 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4).
  1. Jesus used the parable about the unjust steward to make His point.
    1. And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? Give an accounting of thy stewardship; for thou mayest no longer be steward. The steward said within himself, What shall I do? For my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses (Luke 16:1-4).
      1. A steward is a manager over the owner’s property and finances. We must have a steward mindset and admit the money that we have is not ours, but God’s.
      2. The steward panicked because he knew he was about to lose his job because of theft. Wealth gained in haste is lost (Proverbs 13:11).
    2. So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou to my lord? And he said, a hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. Then said he to another, How much owest thou? And he said, a hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore. And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light (Luke 16:5-8).
      1. The steward was doing financial favors for his lord’s debtors so that they would help him financially when he lost his job.
      2. Money is merely a tool that should be used to establish our future, both here and in heaven. The master commended the steward not for stealing, but for realizing that he needed to use money to establish his future, not just his present.
    3. And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (Luke 16:9-13).
      1. We make friends of the unrighteousness of mammon by using our money to help people while we can.
      2. If we are not trustworthy with money, which is the least, then we cannot be trusted with the much.

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Scripture References

Matthew 6:19-21/p>

Philippians 4:19

1 Timothy 6:10

1 Chronicles 29:14

James 1:17

2 Corinthians 9:7

Mark 10:21, 22

Proverbs 21:2

Galatians 5:3

Deuteronomy 27:26

James 2:10

Mark 12:41-44

Luke 21:1-4

Luke 16:1-13

Proverbs 13:11