Tuesday, January 18, 2022

A Wasteful Saver

  Hetty Green had money problems.


  She would wear the same black dress till it was worn out. Her daughter was sent to a convent to be raised and provided by nuns and her son lost his leg because of the cost of treating an infection. She separated from her husband because he spent too much and he eventually died bankrupt. She ate cold oatmeal, onions, and eggs since she hadn’t paid for fuel to heat it. She sold newspapers she had read to others for half price for extra cash. She used a ragtag trunk as a desk and set on the floor rather than have proper office furniture.

  You may be tempted to feel sorry for a woman so broke, but don’t. She wasn’t broke. Heddy Green was the daughter of a shipping magnate that had inherited 10 million dollars. When she died in 1916, she had over 100 million dollars. She had money, she just didn’t ever use it.

  Maybe we should feel sorry for her to have such a warped perceptive on what money was good for.

  We may not have that much money but I bet we may have some of the same skewed viewpoints.  Churches sometimes get so caught up on having money that they forget it is a tool we are to use to grow the kingdom.  In our desire to not be wasteful, we do nothing. As Christians, we give only to maintain not to grow.  We would rather be ‘well off’ in an earthy bank than a heavenly one.

 

"Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you?

Luke 16:11 

 

  You can waste money without ever spending it if we don’t use it to do good and further the kingdom of God.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Look At Your Way, Now Look Back At Me

  Old Spice was having a tough time. It was getting crushed by its newest competitor Axe with its hip image that appealed to youth. Old Spice was …old. How could they regain their strength in the market?

  They were able to do it with a new quirky ad campaign that changed their image and strongly appealed not to men, the primary users of their product, but to women the primary purchasers of their products. 60 percent of their body wash was bought by women.


   I wonder if we are not having the same problem in our churches today. You hear all the time about how churches are shrinking. We see the statics about how the next generation is becoming less religious. The first response is to try to change in order to attract that demo. Be hip, lose the old ways, let popular culture determine your message and actions.

 Yet before we do that let us consider, who are we trying to please and who will give the increase?

 

 I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.

1st Corinthians 3:6-7 

 

 A church that tries to run to please a world that doesn’t know where it is only going to end up lost. A church that moves to be what God wants it to be will be a lighthouse that will help the wanders see the safe path home.

  God will judge and untimely make our efforts fruitful. If we are pleasing to him, we will always be successful.