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You Can’t Take It with You

Posted: Sunday, March 6

 Pastor Dennis Daywitt // Children's Pastor

Pastor Dennis Daywitt // Children's Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Numbers 6:1-7:89
Mark 12:38-13:13
Psalm 49:1-20
Proverbs 10:27-28 


Verse of the day:

For they will take nothing with them when they die, their splendor will not descend with them. (Psalm 49:17)

We’ve been trying to teach our daughter about proper money management.  A couple years ago we bought her 4 piggy banks from the Dollar Store – one for tithe, one for missions, one for savings and one for spending.  Each week a portion of her allowance goes into each of those piggy banks.  It is important to teach children to be good stewards of what God has given them at a young age and to be a good example for them to follow in money management and stewardship. 



In the reading today the scriptures talk about offerings and riches - money. Psalm 49:5-15 tells us many misplace their trust in their riches rather than trusting God.  Psalm 49:17 says we can’t take it with us.  1 Timothy 6:7 tells us the same.    Psalm 49:20 says “People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish.”  Having wealth with no understanding is a bad thing.  So it must be a good thing if you have wealth, to have understanding to go with it.  We should be wise with our money – good stewards of what God has given us.  



In Mark 12:41-44 we’re told the story of “The Widow’s Mite” or “The Widow’s Offering”.  As Jesus and the disciples were watching, people were putting their offerings into the temple treasury.  Many rich people were giving large amounts.  A poor widow brought two small copper coins and put them in.  Jesus said she gave more than the rest because she gave all.  She gave sacrificially. 



In Numbers 7 the leaders of Israel brought in their gifts for the dedication of the altar – silver plates, gold dishes, livestock, etc.   Each leader brought in a long list of things.  You can read the list in Numbers 7.  You shouldn’t have a hard time finding it.  It’s given 12 times.  The lists are long and they remind me to give my best to God and to be generous.



So in summary, here are some things we can learn from Psalm 49, Mark 12 and Numbers 7 about money.  Don’t put your trust in riches.  Be good stewards of God’s blessings.  Give sacrificially.  Give your best to God.  And, be generous.  As you do, teach these things to your kids and grandkids.