Often times in conversation I think it is natural not to listen to the other person. As we talk with others, are we really listening or are we thinking about what we are going to say next? If we are simply just trying to wait till its our turn to talk, is that really responding to the other person in a good way?

For the last seven weeks we have been listening and reading “The Story.” This week we are taking a break in the book to focus on how we should respond. Pastor Ron will be talking about our lives as stewards. It is usually at this point when people shut down and stop listening. Our culture has a tough time with the concept of money and possessions being talked about at church. From what I have collected on talking with people about this subject is that people have a hard time seeing their time, talents and money as far game. “The church is after my money again,” is a common refrain amongst the skeptic crowd. We have become so protective of “our stuff” that we stopped listening to the parts of the story that had anything to do with giving our money or ourselves.

The fact remains that the Bible mentions money over 800 times and of all of Jesus’ parables, more than half of them talked about money. Why? Because that is where so many people get tripped up! Jesus knew that it was a stumbling block for many people to place their trust in God.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

“No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Luke 16:13

So what is at the root of the problem? At the root is trust. What do you trust in more? Do you trust the tangible things of this world over the God who created it all? I don’t know about you but this is the thing that I struggle with the most. The cash needs to be in the bank because the mortgage  company will not take an IOU. This issue takes time to learn and grow. God asks us to trust him with everything that we have, but often times it is more of the thought that I trust God with this half and the other half is mine. The only way to grow is to listen to what God says concerning our stuff and then properly respond. Are you listening to God or just waiting till the “pitch” is over so you can say no? What will it take for you to trust God with everything you have?

What is God teaching you right now about your money and possessions? What is currently holding you back from giving of your time, talent or treasure?

Let me know what you think. Your story may be important for someone else to hear.

Have a great weekend!