Money is a pervasive part of our lives. We all have to deal with money in ways that help make our life work. We all have to figure out our balance of spending and saving (and sometimes struggle with it). The Bible has much to say about money. I like the way the book of Proverbs puts it: Happy are those who find wisdom, and those who get understanding, for her income is better than silver, and her revenue better than gold. She is more precious than jewels…” We want to be people who have the wisdom that is better than silver or gold and helps us know how to deal with our wealth in ways that please God and build up life.
Our founder of Methodism, John Wesley, had some fascinating comments about money. He called the right use of money an “excellent branch of Christian wisdom.” Wesley made a strong spiritual affirmation of money encouraging Methodists to “gain (or earn) all you can.” He had important words on the best ways to do this. Do you ever think about your faith in relationship to the way you earn money? Do the two easily go together? This Sunday, we’ll start a worship series based on a teaching of John Wesley, “Earn all you can, save all you can and give all you can.” We’ll talk about earning all you can in ways that are congruent with our faith, ways that don’t damage our lives, our relationships or our trust in God. Join us Sunday as we worship God who cares deeply about our faith and our financial well-being.