Why We Work | FreedUp Week 2

Do you ever wonder why we work? Believe it or not, earning money is a good thing. But many of us have never stopped to consider why we earn, so we have no idea why we should spend, save, or even give. Join us today as Chuck talks about why making money is a good thing that God uses to grow and bless us.

  • 00:00:02
    Hi, I'm Kyle, your online community church pastor,
  • 00:00:05
    and I'm currently chained to a safe.
  • 00:00:07
    Why? Because this is what money feels like
  • 00:00:11
    to most of us, it has more of our time and attention
  • 00:00:14
    and emotions that we wanted to have.
  • 00:00:16
    Put simply, we're stuck to it.
  • 00:00:19
    But today we're going to talk about how to get free,
  • 00:00:22
    how to take control of this
  • 00:00:25
    so that it doesn't control you.
  • 00:00:28
    And we're going to start with a game
  • 00:00:30
    with my fellow Crossroads teaching pastors
  • 00:00:32
    in which we're going to ask and answer
  • 00:00:34
    the personal questions about money
  • 00:00:36
    that you're not supposed to tell people.
  • 00:00:38
    I'I do that as soon as I can figure out how to get out.
  • 00:00:41
    (runts) Help, somebody.
  • 00:00:52
    Hey, everybody, you came back.
  • 00:00:54
    I'm so happy about that. It's great.
  • 00:00:56
    Now, we're going to continue on our game.
  • 00:00:58
    Remember, everybody else gets an app
  • 00:01:01
    with helpful questions and we get a board game
  • 00:01:03
    with questions that we're not supposed to ask each other.
  • 00:01:06
    Great. Everybody, remember?
  • 00:01:07
    Last week Brian went. He's currently in the lead.
  • 00:01:11
    OK, you go ahead and pick a card. What's it say?
  • 00:01:14
    β€” What do you splurge on that's just for you?
  • 00:01:17
    How much did you spend on it last year?
  • 00:01:20
    β€” That's a good question.
  • 00:01:22
    β€”I'd say probably my haircut and color.
  • 00:01:28
    Certainly it's just for me.
  • 00:01:30
    It's definitely more than I want to pay for it,
  • 00:01:32
    but I like it and I want it.
  • 00:01:36
    β€” So how much have you spent in the last year?
  • 00:01:38
    β€” Let's say I go like four times a year.
  • 00:01:41
    If I got color every time,
  • 00:01:43
    which sometimes in the summer I don't have to,
  • 00:01:44
    but we won't go into that
  • 00:01:45
    because you guys don't understand.
  • 00:01:48
    But let's just say I colored it every time.
  • 00:01:50
    It'd probably be, I don't know, a $180 plus tip,
  • 00:01:55
    let's say $200 a time.
  • 00:01:56
    β€” So like $800 for the whole year.
  • 00:01:59
    β€” Maybe a thousand if I went five times.
  • 00:02:00
    β€” Okay. Do you feel bad for spending money on yourself?
  • 00:02:03
    β€” Not really.
  • 00:02:04
    Not any more is probably the right way to say it.
  • 00:02:07
    β€” Haircut doesn't sound like a splurge.
  • 00:02:09
    Haircut's like something you have to do.
  • 00:02:11
    β€” Well I don't have to get it colored
  • 00:02:13
    and I don't have to go where I go.
  • 00:02:15
    I could go to Great Clips and pay $12
  • 00:02:18
    and I won't do that.
  • 00:02:19
    I've seen how they cut my kid's hair.
  • 00:02:22
    Let me go on record as saying,
  • 00:02:24
    I take my kids to Great Clips and it is acceptable.
  • 00:02:27
    β€” It's adequate for your kids.
  • 00:02:29
    β€” But I will not take my own hair to Great Clips.
  • 00:02:32
    β€” Now we're all going to answer this question,
  • 00:02:34
    before we do, the real question behind this one is,
  • 00:02:38
    is God okay with us splurging on stuff
  • 00:02:41
    that's maybe not necessary, it just makes us happy?
  • 00:02:44
    Is that okay?
  • 00:02:45
    β€” I think it's absolutely okay.
  • 00:02:47
    Nature is full of splurges, in my opinion.
  • 00:02:49
    β€” Okay.
  • 00:02:50
    β€” Nature is full of color and creativity
  • 00:02:53
    and beauty that you don't have to have.
  • 00:02:56
    Maybe there's some functional role that it plays.
  • 00:02:59
    But if I think about God's creation,
  • 00:03:01
    I see splurges all the time.
  • 00:03:02
    I see splurges in His diversity
  • 00:03:04
    and His differences that He creates.
  • 00:03:05
    So, I do think God's okay with splurges.
  • 00:03:07
    I think there's something in Him that is wired
  • 00:03:10
    that wants us to just enjoy it.
  • 00:03:12
    β€” There's unnecessary excess in creation? β€” Yes.
  • 00:03:14
    β€” If I keep looking at every individual spending decision
  • 00:03:18
    as is this a splurge, is this not?
  • 00:03:21
    Is this too much money, is not?
  • 00:03:22
    I can't be freed up because now I'm in --
  • 00:03:25
    now I'm facing a new form of bondage
  • 00:03:28
    of having to have a prayer service with God
  • 00:03:30
    to wait for Him to say yes on this tennis shoes
  • 00:03:33
    or no on the tennis shoes.
  • 00:03:34
    β€” Chuck, your quick answer,
  • 00:03:36
    what do you splurge on just for you,
  • 00:03:38
    how much did you spend in the last year?
  • 00:03:39
    β€” Yeah, I mean, I'm not freed up enough
  • 00:03:41
    when it comes to splurging.
  • 00:03:43
    The place where I will say I splurged
  • 00:03:44
    in the last year has been camping gear.
  • 00:03:46
    That's probably been I don't know.
  • 00:03:48
    I mean, it's not - it's not major,
  • 00:03:49
    but like probably $600, $700
  • 00:03:52
    on all of those pieces combined over the last year.
  • 00:03:54
    β€” What about you, Brian?
  • 00:03:55
    Yours has to be camping, right?
  • 00:03:57
    Camping, motorcycles, what'd you splurge on?
  • 00:04:00
    How much in the last year.
  • 00:04:01
    β€” I'd probably put it all in the camp
  • 00:04:03
    of outdoor adventures.
  • 00:04:06
    I'm at a place in my life where
  • 00:04:08
    I choose not to have a budget for those things.
  • 00:04:10
    So long as I'm not going into debt,
  • 00:04:14
    so long as I'm hitting my giving and savings goals,
  • 00:04:17
    when I want to trip comes up
  • 00:04:19
    with $1,000 for an elk tag, I do it.
  • 00:04:21
    I just do it.
  • 00:04:22
    β€” I splurged on making my workshop
  • 00:04:25
    a place that I enjoyed working out of
  • 00:04:27
    because I was work from home for most of the last year
  • 00:04:30
    and a place that I could host people in, and have some fun.
  • 00:04:33
    So I put in a wood burning stove.
  • 00:04:35
    I put in some windows.
  • 00:04:36
    If you've watched --
  • 00:04:37
    if you've ever watched me in a video,
  • 00:04:39
    everybody thinks that's a set, it's not a set.
  • 00:04:41
    It's my actual garage.
  • 00:04:42
    β€” That's your place, right.
  • 00:04:43
    β€” Where I also work out of, so that was my splurge.
  • 00:04:45
    I think all in I spent about $3,000.
  • 00:04:48
    I think similar to you, Ali.
  • 00:04:49
    I feel guilty initially
  • 00:04:51
    and it was Sarah really encouraging me like,
  • 00:04:54
    "No, hey, listen, this matters.
  • 00:04:56
    It matters for you to have a space
  • 00:04:57
    that you that you feel happy in.
  • 00:05:00
    I mean, I know it sounds stupid, but just
  • 00:05:02
    like you're going to put a lot of time here,
  • 00:05:03
    enjoy where you are.
  • 00:05:05
    You're going to have friends over hang out."
  • 00:05:07
    And it's been -- it's been awesome.
  • 00:05:09
    It's perfect. Ali, great answer.
  • 00:05:10
    You get to move to spaces.
  • 00:05:12
    β€” Can I have knocked him off?
  • 00:05:14
    β€” No, but there's a rule here.
  • 00:05:16
    You went to blue and Chuck is on blue.
  • 00:05:19
    So, Chuck, you're actually going to roll.
  • 00:05:21
    And remember, if you get a six,
  • 00:05:22
    you get the teaching challenge for the week.
  • 00:05:24
    So go ahead and see what we get.
  • 00:05:26
    β€” All right. Let's see here. β€” Take us home, Chuck, come on.
  • 00:05:29
    β€” I'm going to roll like my six year old.
  • 00:05:33
    β€” Oh, that was amazing.
  • 00:05:36
    That is, in this game, that is a fully legal roll.
  • 00:05:39
    That does count. β€” Right.
  • 00:05:40
    β€” Yeah, that's does count. All right, Chuck.
  • 00:05:42
    Your teaching challenge, you have to teach
  • 00:05:45
    on being a diligent earner and a prudence spender
  • 00:05:48
    using, hold on a second, whatever, whatever that is.
  • 00:05:55
    It's probably an abbreviation.
  • 00:05:57
    β€” The best movie of all time on VHS.
  • 00:05:59
    β€” I don't know what VHS is. I don't know what those are.
  • 00:06:02
    β€” Wow.
  • 00:06:03
    β€” If you can figure something out with that, we'd love it.
  • 00:06:05
    So head on off.
  • 00:06:06
    β€” All right. β€” You're going to go that way.
  • 00:06:08
    And just when you find a video crew, start talking.
  • 00:06:11
    β€” All right.
  • 00:06:12
    β€” Chuck's off. It's going to be great.
  • 00:06:13
    How to be a diligent earner and prudent spender.
  • 00:06:16
    Let's get started.
  • 00:06:21
    While he heads off to start teaching,
  • 00:06:23
    let me tell you what we're getting into.
  • 00:06:25
    Crossroads has partnered with
  • 00:06:27
    an organization called Good Sense,
  • 00:06:29
    an amazing ministry that has been helping people
  • 00:06:31
    find financial freedom for decades.
  • 00:06:34
    And together, we've created a new program called Freed Up.
  • 00:06:38
    Freed Up is an app based program designed to help people
  • 00:06:41
    no matter where you are on the financial spectrum,
  • 00:06:44
    from barely getting by
  • 00:06:46
    to having more than you know what to do with,
  • 00:06:48
    you can find true financial freedom.
  • 00:06:52
    So why are we doing this?
  • 00:06:54
    Because almost everyone is stressed financially.
  • 00:06:57
    Financial stress is one of the biggest causes
  • 00:06:59
    of divorce and anxiety that exists,
  • 00:07:02
    and God promises to fix it for us if we get on His plan.
  • 00:07:07
    In fact, we want this for you so much
  • 00:07:09
    we're literally giving it away free.
  • 00:07:12
    Freed Up costs $100, but to everyone watching this series,
  • 00:07:16
    it's free, totally free.
  • 00:07:19
    And you can get it for your iOS or Android device.
  • 00:07:23
    Now, I'll tell you right now, you could also relax.
  • 00:07:27
    This is not a financial campaign.
  • 00:07:30
    We're not asking for more of your money.
  • 00:07:32
    We're not building toward some big ask in the future.
  • 00:07:35
    If you do give towards Crossroads,
  • 00:07:37
    I want to say thank you.
  • 00:07:38
    Your giving helps us be able to do things like this
  • 00:07:41
    that literally change people's lives.
  • 00:07:44
    This is simply us wanting to help you
  • 00:07:47
    with one of the most stressful issues in life.
  • 00:07:50
    This will bring you financial freedom.
  • 00:07:53
    Now, these teaching episodes are just a taste
  • 00:07:55
    of what you'll get in the app,
  • 00:07:56
    combined with practical guidance
  • 00:07:58
    and application and some creative surprises.
  • 00:08:01
    Now, this entire program is based on three big ideas
  • 00:08:05
    that we see in the Bible, and we've summarized them
  • 00:08:08
    like this: big idea number one,
  • 00:08:12
    we are free when we are faithful stewards.
  • 00:08:15
    A faithful steward is simply a diligent earner
  • 00:08:18
    and a prudent spender.
  • 00:08:19
    A prudent spender is a generous giver first,
  • 00:08:22
    a wise saver, and a cautious debtor.
  • 00:08:25
    These are the three big ideas that,
  • 00:08:28
    if you understand them,
  • 00:08:30
    can unlock financial freedom in your life.
  • 00:08:34
    So if you're ready to take a step towards freedom,
  • 00:08:37
    head the crossroads.net/freedup and get started today.
  • 00:08:44
    β€” Fifteen years ago, I was making a ton of money
  • 00:08:47
    and you know what, I had all the stresses
  • 00:08:49
    and worries that probably most of you have,
  • 00:08:52
    whether you're making a lot, or you're making a little.
  • 00:08:54
    I was bound up.
  • 00:08:55
    Money had me. I wasn't freed up.
  • 00:08:57
    The way I got freed up was I got on God's plan
  • 00:08:59
    and I started to understand and live in to
  • 00:09:02
    what He says about money.
  • 00:09:03
    That's what we're talking about in this series.
  • 00:09:05
    And so no matter where you are,
  • 00:09:06
    if you feel bound up,
  • 00:09:08
    we're going to help you get freed up.
  • 00:09:09
    This is going to help you get freed up
  • 00:09:11
    when it comes to money.
  • 00:09:12
    Now, last talk was all about this idea
  • 00:09:16
    that we are called to be faithful stewards,
  • 00:09:18
    that that's the way we're free.
  • 00:09:19
    If you're brand new, there are three big ideas
  • 00:09:22
    in this Freed Up series.
  • 00:09:23
    The first idea is this:
  • 00:09:24
    that we are free when we're faithful stewards.
  • 00:09:27
    That means we move from a position of owning
  • 00:09:29
    to recognizing that God has given us things
  • 00:09:31
    to steward, to manage in His direction,
  • 00:09:34
    His way, and for His care.
  • 00:09:35
    We actually get freed up when we think about
  • 00:09:37
    our money and our resources that way.
  • 00:09:38
    But then the second big idea is
  • 00:09:40
    what we're going to talk about today,
  • 00:09:41
    what is a faithful steward?
  • 00:09:42
    Well, it's a diligent earner and a prudent spender.
  • 00:09:46
    That's what a faithful steward is.
  • 00:09:47
    It's about money coming in.
  • 00:09:48
    That's what diligent earning is about.
  • 00:09:50
    I'm going to spend most of my time today
  • 00:09:52
    talking about that.
  • 00:09:53
    But then we're also going to spend
  • 00:09:55
    the next several talks really unpacking
  • 00:09:57
    what does it look like to be a prudent spender,
  • 00:09:59
    because you need a plan.
  • 00:10:01
    And I think all of this is probably familiar
  • 00:10:03
    to anybody who's ever thought of
  • 00:10:05
    how do I handle my money well? Right?
  • 00:10:06
    Be a giver, be a saver, be careful around debt.
  • 00:10:10
    And while the plan is good, often times
  • 00:10:13
    we don't live into those plans
  • 00:10:14
    because our mindset hasn't changed.
  • 00:10:16
    And that's what this is all about.
  • 00:10:18
    Understanding that you're freed up
  • 00:10:20
    as a faithful steward is about mindset
  • 00:10:22
    and being a diligent earner
  • 00:10:24
    and being a prudent spender is all about mindset.
  • 00:10:26
    So that's what we're going to be talking about.
  • 00:10:28
    You know, most financial programs
  • 00:10:30
    focus exclusively on what is coming out,
  • 00:10:33
    your budget, how you spend, how you save your money.
  • 00:10:36
    But if you don't have any money coming in,
  • 00:10:38
    if you don't have water coming into your house,
  • 00:10:40
    then it doesn't matter how
  • 00:10:41
    the plumbing is inside your house.
  • 00:10:44
    And what I want you to hear today is this:
  • 00:10:46
    earning money isn't evil.
  • 00:10:49
    Working and earning money is a beautiful thing.
  • 00:10:52
    You know, we can think that work is
  • 00:10:53
    what happened after sin entered the world, right?
  • 00:10:56
    No, no, work was present before
  • 00:10:59
    the serpent ever started talking to Adam and Eve.
  • 00:11:02
    Now, fruitless labor came after that.
  • 00:11:04
    Thorns and thistles, as the Bible describes it,
  • 00:11:06
    the frustrations of work came after that.
  • 00:11:08
    But the idea of work is good.
  • 00:11:11
    It's from God.
  • 00:11:12
    And we should want to be diligent earners of money.
  • 00:11:15
    Now, does that mean you have to
  • 00:11:17
    make more money than you do right now?
  • 00:11:19
    Maybe, or maybe not.
  • 00:11:21
    But one of the things is clear,
  • 00:11:23
    if you're going to be a faithful steward,
  • 00:11:25
    money coming in is a big and important metric.
  • 00:11:28
    And what I want you to see today is that work,
  • 00:11:31
    how we earn our money, is a primary way
  • 00:11:34
    we serve God and serve other people.
  • 00:11:43
    All right, so here's this movie, Ben-Hur.
  • 00:11:45
    What a great movie, really great movie.
  • 00:11:46
    Now, some of you might be like,
  • 00:11:49
    "Why is it in that weird box?"
  • 00:11:50
    That's right, got VHS tapes here, VHS tapes.
  • 00:11:54
    Talk about a blast from the past.
  • 00:11:57
    I think this thing actually still works.
  • 00:11:59
    So let's see, put this in here.
  • 00:12:01
    Can you imagine, you know,
  • 00:12:02
    before you were able to just click a remote
  • 00:12:04
    and go to a digital library
  • 00:12:06
    like Netflix or Hulu or Disney Plus
  • 00:12:08
    this is how we got our entertainment.
  • 00:12:10
    And I have a really, I guess you can say
  • 00:12:12
    bittersweet, but mostly sweet relationship with these,
  • 00:12:15
    because one of my first jobs
  • 00:12:17
    was working at a video store.
  • 00:12:18
    Now, let me tell you, I work at a video store
  • 00:12:20
    is a lot of fun. It really is a lot of fun.
  • 00:12:23
    It's got some boring parts.
  • 00:12:24
    Like one of the things is this: be kind, rewind.
  • 00:12:27
    People would never rewind their movies. Right?
  • 00:12:30
    So we had these reminders and you had
  • 00:12:31
    to like rewind all the stuff
  • 00:12:33
    and put it all back on the shelves.
  • 00:12:34
    I mean, that part was like redundant, monotonous.
  • 00:12:36
    But but just the interactions
  • 00:12:38
    with customers was really fun.
  • 00:12:39
    I've got a lot of fun stories about that.
  • 00:12:42
    And I also have an interesting story as it relates
  • 00:12:44
    to this idea of being a diligent earner.
  • 00:12:47
    It's the day I almost got fired
  • 00:12:49
    for showing up for work on time.
  • 00:12:52
    That's right, you didn't misunderstand me.
  • 00:12:53
    The day I almost got fired
  • 00:12:55
    for showing up to work on time.
  • 00:12:56
    It was a Saturday and I'm a singer. I love to sing.
  • 00:13:00
    And so growing up in Philadelphia,
  • 00:13:02
    I was all into kind of like the R&B music scene.
  • 00:13:05
    There are a lot of great artists
  • 00:13:06
    that were coming out of Philadelphia,
  • 00:13:08
    including one you might have heard of, Boyz II Men.
  • 00:13:10
    That's right. Boyz II Men, Motown Philly, my hometown.
  • 00:13:13
    And so I had this opportunity,
  • 00:13:15
    I'd done a talent show and there was a guy
  • 00:13:17
    that heard me singing in talent show.
  • 00:13:19
    He's like, "Man, I know the guys from Boyz II Men,
  • 00:13:21
    I think they would love to hear you sing."
  • 00:13:24
    He was a producer. He had a studio.
  • 00:13:26
    He was like, "Man, come to my house on Saturday.
  • 00:13:28
    I've got a studio. I would love for them to meet you."
  • 00:13:31
    So I go to the studio on Saturday
  • 00:13:33
    and it was perfect because, like he said,
  • 00:13:35
    "Come around noon," and I had to be to work at 4:00.
  • 00:13:37
    So I had plenty of time. Right?
  • 00:13:38
    So I'm talking with him
  • 00:13:39
    and we're doing some stuff and I'm doing some singing.
  • 00:13:42
    He's telling me about all the stuff.
  • 00:13:43
    And he said, "Hey, man,
  • 00:13:44
    I just got to call, Boyz II Men, they're gonna be late.
  • 00:13:46
    I don't know, they're coming, but they're gonna be late."
  • 00:13:48
    And so I'm like, "It's cool. It's cool."
  • 00:13:50
    I've got four hours, right?
  • 00:13:51
    Well, 12:00 turns into 1:00.
  • 00:13:53
    1:00 turns in the 2:00.
  • 00:13:54
    2:00 turns into 3:00, still no Boyz II Men.
  • 00:13:57
    And I'm like, "Man, I'm getting close
  • 00:14:00
    to needing to leave to go to work."
  • 00:14:01
    It's like a twenty minute drive to work.
  • 00:14:03
    And so sure enough 3:30 as like my dropped dead.
  • 00:14:06
    I'm like I have got to leave.
  • 00:14:08
    And so I never got that chance. I never got that chance.
  • 00:14:10
    I should put it this way, Boyz II Men never got the chance
  • 00:14:13
    to get the fifth member of their group,
  • 00:14:15
    the one that may have changed everything for them.
  • 00:14:17
    So their loss, perhaps,
  • 00:14:18
    but it felt like my loss at the time.
  • 00:14:20
    So I get to work and I worked for a guy named Jamie
  • 00:14:22
    at the video store, Video Village in Chestnut Hill.
  • 00:14:24
    And Jamie was like long hair rocker.
  • 00:14:26
    He was in a band, love music.
  • 00:14:28
    So, I come in, "Like Jamie,
  • 00:14:29
    you will never believe what happened.
  • 00:14:31
    I was at this guy's house, his studio.
  • 00:14:33
    He works with Boyz II Men and they were literally,
  • 00:14:36
    they were on their way, but I had to leave
  • 00:14:39
    because I had to come to work on time."
  • 00:14:40
    And so Jamie looks at me and he says,
  • 00:14:43
    "I should fire you right now."
  • 00:14:46
    I'm like, "What do you mean you should fire me?"
  • 00:14:48
    He was like, "That's a reason to show up late for work.
  • 00:14:51
    That's a reason to call off of work.
  • 00:14:52
    You had a chance to audition with Boys II Men?"
  • 00:14:55
    So, I like to tell that story.
  • 00:14:57
    My wife loves when I tell that story because
  • 00:14:59
    I make it seem as if I was this close to fame,
  • 00:15:02
    because that's what I'd like to believe.
  • 00:15:03
    But anyway, I learned some things when it comes to that.
  • 00:15:06
    But the reason I think this is interesting is,
  • 00:15:08
    you know, this is an outmoded form of technology.
  • 00:15:11
    Most people do not consume entertainment this way.
  • 00:15:15
    And in the same way, we have some outmoded beliefs
  • 00:15:18
    and understandings when it comes to
  • 00:15:20
    earning and spending money.
  • 00:15:22
    E have some cultural beliefs that are outmoded
  • 00:15:25
    or just plain untrue.
  • 00:15:26
    And quite frankly, even in the church,
  • 00:15:28
    there are some things you might learn
  • 00:15:30
    in your religious circles that
  • 00:15:31
    are actually outmoded or untrue.
  • 00:15:34
    Some of the cultural lives around money
  • 00:15:35
    include this one:
  • 00:15:37
    Little more money will solve all of your problems.
  • 00:15:39
    How many people think if I just made a little bit more,
  • 00:15:43
    I'd be okay?
  • 00:15:45
    That is a lie, there would never be enough.
  • 00:15:47
    John Rockefeller, who was one of
  • 00:15:48
    the most wealthy men at the time,
  • 00:15:50
    when they asked him how much money is enough,
  • 00:15:52
    he said, "Just a little bit more."
  • 00:15:53
    You know, one of the wise prophets,
  • 00:15:55
    Biggie Smalls, says "Mo money, mo problems."
  • 00:15:57
    The truth is, more money is not going
  • 00:15:59
    to make your life automatically easier.
  • 00:16:01
    Here's another cultural lie we can believe,
  • 00:16:03
    your value and mine is measured by your position
  • 00:16:06
    or your paycheck or the kind of car that you drive,
  • 00:16:09
    the house that you live in.
  • 00:16:10
    And we all know that when we've attained,
  • 00:16:14
    for those of us who have, attained that thing,
  • 00:16:17
    we were still left wanting.
  • 00:16:18
    I think of that song all the time, U2 song
  • 00:16:20
    I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, right?
  • 00:16:22
    There's still something that's going to be missing,
  • 00:16:24
    even if you have all that.
  • 00:16:26
    Another cultural lie, though, is:
  • 00:16:27
    you know how to fix that hole? Spend more.
  • 00:16:30
    Right? That spending is a competition.
  • 00:16:32
    The more we have, the more we should spend.
  • 00:16:34
    And all of those are lies
  • 00:16:35
    and none of them lead to financial freedom.
  • 00:16:37
    They don't need the freedom in your life.
  • 00:16:40
    Now, by the same token, there's some lies
  • 00:16:42
    or maybe some outmoded thinking
  • 00:16:43
    that we've heard in church circles. Here's one.
  • 00:16:46
    Have you ever heard someone quote this verse to you?
  • 00:16:49
    Money is the root of all evil, right?
  • 00:16:52
    That's not in the Bible. That's not what the Bible says.
  • 00:16:55
    Bible says the love of money is the root of all evil.
  • 00:16:58
    It doesn't say money is evil and it doesn't say
  • 00:17:01
    if you have a lot of money, you're evil.
  • 00:17:03
    No, actually, there is a healthy relationship,
  • 00:17:05
    we're going to talk about it today,
  • 00:17:06
    that we can have with money
  • 00:17:07
    and even with this idea of earning money.
  • 00:17:11
    Another outmoded idea that we often hear
  • 00:17:13
    in church circles is: the more spiritual you are,
  • 00:17:16
    the poorer you are. Right?
  • 00:17:18
    That the most spiritual among us
  • 00:17:19
    are those who have taken a vow of poverty.
  • 00:17:21
    Now, here's the thing.
  • 00:17:22
    There are some people who have,
  • 00:17:23
    some people who have made a vow of poverty
  • 00:17:25
    for their vocation and it's right for them to do that.
  • 00:17:28
    But the Bible never says that the only people
  • 00:17:30
    are the spiritual people are those that have nothing.
  • 00:17:34
    Or you might have heard in church circles
  • 00:17:36
    spiritual people should never buy anything for themselves,
  • 00:17:39
    never invest in their families.
  • 00:17:40
    And I actually think the Bible
  • 00:17:42
    says something very different.
  • 00:17:43
    God has a different truth
  • 00:17:44
    when it comes to how we get freed up.
  • 00:17:46
    He has a different truth around earning and spending.
  • 00:17:49
    God wants his people to earn and spend money
  • 00:17:54
    and to do so with intentionality.
  • 00:17:57
    So what does it mean to be a diligent earner?
  • 00:17:59
    A diligent earner is one who cares about
  • 00:18:02
    what they work on and knows why they work on it.
  • 00:18:05
    And what does it mean to be a prudent spender?
  • 00:18:07
    A prudent spender is one who knows
  • 00:18:09
    what they're spending on and why they're spending on it.
  • 00:18:14
    We're going to lean into prudent spender
  • 00:18:16
    and talk about a prudent spending plan
  • 00:18:18
    in the weeks to come.
  • 00:18:19
    There's great stuff in the app
  • 00:18:20
    that will also help you with that.
  • 00:18:21
    But today, let's talk about making money.
  • 00:18:24
    Let's look at a verse in the Bible that helps frame
  • 00:18:28
    how to think about this idea of being a diligent earner.
  • 00:18:31
    It actually shows up in the book of Colossians,
  • 00:18:33
    which is a letter written to New Testament
  • 00:18:35
    followers of Jesus.
  • 00:18:36
    And Paul, who's writing it, says this:
  • 00:18:56
    You know what Paul is saying?
  • 00:18:58
    Earning money, being productive, working is good,
  • 00:19:01
    it's actually godly, especially if we have
  • 00:19:03
    a godly point of view around it.
  • 00:19:06
    And Paul would have been writing this
  • 00:19:07
    to an audience of people that would have included
  • 00:19:09
    wealthy landowners, people who made their living
  • 00:19:11
    with their hands, and people who were slaves.
  • 00:19:14
    So Paul was talking about the range of work
  • 00:19:16
    and he's saying whatever you do,
  • 00:19:18
    if it's productive work, it has dignity.
  • 00:19:21
    And it's a way that we reflect God's image.
  • 00:19:23
    So think about parenting.
  • 00:19:25
    If you're raising kids, specifically
  • 00:19:27
    if you're the parent that's at home with the kids,
  • 00:19:29
    that is dignified work.
  • 00:19:31
    That is critical work.
  • 00:19:32
    It's the most important work going on
  • 00:19:33
    on the planet, quite frankly. Right?
  • 00:19:35
    So everything from forming their minds,
  • 00:19:37
    giving them opportunities to grow,
  • 00:19:39
    bathing them, feeding them,
  • 00:19:40
    all the things that come with that is dignified work.
  • 00:19:43
    If you're a student and right now your work
  • 00:19:45
    is to form your mind, to be a learner,
  • 00:19:48
    to prepare yourself to have the skills
  • 00:19:50
    and experiences for the next level
  • 00:19:51
    of whatever that is for you.
  • 00:19:53
    Then you are doing dignified work.
  • 00:19:54
    If you're a server and you're serving at a restaurant,
  • 00:19:58
    if you're serving in some other way in retail,
  • 00:20:00
    if you are a blue collar worker
  • 00:20:02
    or if you are a CEO, all work is dignified work
  • 00:20:06
    when it's productive work.
  • 00:20:08
    Let me share with you one of my favorite items.
  • 00:20:10
    It's this thing right here.
  • 00:20:11
    This is the watch that my dad got after 20 years
  • 00:20:16
    when he retired from the city of Philadelphia.
  • 00:20:19
    My dad worked for the water department.
  • 00:20:21
    One of his jobs was when water mains would break
  • 00:20:23
    in the middle of winter,
  • 00:20:24
    which is when water mains tend to break.
  • 00:20:26
    He was one of those people that would go underground
  • 00:20:28
    and do the work of fixing it.
  • 00:20:29
    Cold, wet. My dad worked in the elements.
  • 00:20:32
    I remember my dad getting up 5-5:30 in the morning,
  • 00:20:36
    making a hot breakfast, you know, bacon, eggs,
  • 00:20:38
    toast, kind of breakfast every day of his life
  • 00:20:41
    and then going out and putting in a full day's work.
  • 00:20:44
    My dad would come home sweaty in his uniform.
  • 00:20:47
    It was clear that he had worked hard
  • 00:20:50
    and that was dignified.
  • 00:20:51
    And so that watch for me means so much
  • 00:20:53
    because my dad did that for 20 years.
  • 00:20:56
    For 20 years, my dad made the commitment
  • 00:20:58
    to be diligent in earning money
  • 00:21:00
    so that he could provide for his family,
  • 00:21:02
    so they could create opportunities for me
  • 00:21:03
    that he didn't have for himself.
  • 00:21:05
    It was dignified work and I honor him for that.
  • 00:21:08
    I honor him for that.
  • 00:21:09
    I remember when I got my first job,
  • 00:21:11
    after I got my first raise,
  • 00:21:13
    my dad was celebrating with me
  • 00:21:14
    and he said this thing and he wasn't jealous.
  • 00:21:16
    He just said it because it was true.
  • 00:21:18
    He said, "Gosh, you're making more money now
  • 00:21:20
    than I made at the peak of my earning years."
  • 00:21:23
    You know, I thought about that and what I know is this:
  • 00:21:26
    The work that I was doing was no more dignified
  • 00:21:29
    than the work my dad did.
  • 00:21:31
    And in fact, the reason I was able to go further
  • 00:21:34
    was because the dignified work of my dad.
  • 00:21:35
    See, when you're earning money,
  • 00:21:37
    it's not just about the increase of the resources.
  • 00:21:40
    It's about the fact that you're giving dignity
  • 00:21:42
    and purpose to what it is that God has given you to do,
  • 00:21:45
    and you're giving that dignity and purpose
  • 00:21:47
    to those who depend on you for provision.
  • 00:21:51
    Work is also, Paul is saying in this verse,
  • 00:21:54
    about our development.
  • 00:21:55
    He says, work at it with all your heart.
  • 00:21:58
    When he talks about working at something
  • 00:22:00
    with all your heart, it means all of your inner being,
  • 00:22:02
    all of your character.
  • 00:22:04
    And I have found work to be a place where
  • 00:22:05
    my character gets formed in some very specific ways
  • 00:22:09
    that it may not get formed
  • 00:22:10
    if I wasn't in a work environment.
  • 00:22:13
    One of the things that work has taught me
  • 00:22:14
    is delayed gratification, right?
  • 00:22:17
    The reward is sweeter when you work for it.
  • 00:22:19
    And we all know that's true at work,
  • 00:22:20
    that there are things that you put tons and tons
  • 00:22:22
    of time and energy and effort into
  • 00:22:24
    before you ever see a result.
  • 00:22:26
    And then when that result comes, it's sweeter
  • 00:22:29
    because of the blood, sweat, tears, time,
  • 00:22:31
    and energy that you've put into it.
  • 00:22:33
    Work is also a place that's taught me
  • 00:22:35
    to be a good teammate,
  • 00:22:36
    how to collaborate with other people.
  • 00:22:39
    Think about, you know,
  • 00:22:40
    you don't usually get to pick your boss.
  • 00:22:42
    You probably didn't get to pick all of your teammates.
  • 00:22:45
    You may not have even gotten to pick
  • 00:22:46
    the people who report to you now
  • 00:22:48
    if you were promoted into that role
  • 00:22:49
    and they were already there.
  • 00:22:51
    But yet we find ourselves in work environments
  • 00:22:54
    in a place where we learn how to be a team player.
  • 00:22:57
    We learn how to work with people
  • 00:22:58
    who are different from us,
  • 00:22:59
    who have different backgrounds,
  • 00:23:01
    different perspectives, different points of view.
  • 00:23:03
    Work is a place where we get developed.
  • 00:23:06
    It's a place where we learn to give
  • 00:23:08
    and receive feedback in healthy ways.
  • 00:23:10
    I think about some of the first
  • 00:23:12
    performance conversations I had, performance reviews,
  • 00:23:15
    and it was a little bit hard to hear some critique,
  • 00:23:19
    but know that it was being given to me
  • 00:23:21
    for my benefit to help me grow.
  • 00:23:23
    Work is a place where we learn that.
  • 00:23:25
    Work is a place that develops us on how to handle failure.
  • 00:23:28
    It's also a place that develops us
  • 00:23:30
    on how to handle success.
  • 00:23:32
    Work is a place where our gifts can be discovered,
  • 00:23:34
    our passions and our purpose.
  • 00:23:36
    Work develops us, and I believe
  • 00:23:38
    it also spiritually develops us because
  • 00:23:41
    ultimately diligent earners recognize that
  • 00:23:44
    their earning power is not about them.
  • 00:23:48
    It's about dependence, dependence on God.
  • 00:23:51
    Paul says it is the Lord Christ you are serving.
  • 00:23:55
    Work is a place where your faith gets strengthened.
  • 00:23:57
    Work is a place where your relationship
  • 00:24:00
    with God can be deepened.
  • 00:24:02
    I'll give you an extreme example.
  • 00:24:03
    This goes back to the video store.
  • 00:24:04
    I'll never forget the day when we had
  • 00:24:06
    a horror story literally happening in the video store.
  • 00:24:09
    This guy came in the store, big guy, big, big guy.
  • 00:24:12
    And he was drunk, high, or some combination of the two.
  • 00:24:15
    And he got mad.
  • 00:24:16
    I don't even know what happened to make him angry.
  • 00:24:19
    He got so angry, he literally started trashing the store.
  • 00:24:23
    You know, we had all these little, you know,
  • 00:24:25
    like you saw over there, the Ben-Hur thing
  • 00:24:26
    and all those you put them in the right spot.
  • 00:24:28
    He's knocking all -- whole shelves off the door.
  • 00:24:30
    He's like destroying our store.
  • 00:24:33
    And we had a little panic button behind the register,
  • 00:24:36
    this red button.
  • 00:24:37
    And in the way it was supposed to work is
  • 00:24:40
    you hit the panic button and hopefully
  • 00:24:42
    within a few minutes the police came.
  • 00:24:45
    We hit the panic button.
  • 00:24:46
    This guy is trippin and there are no police coming.
  • 00:24:49
    I mean, it went it felt like forever,
  • 00:24:51
    but I don't know, 20 minutes, whatever long it is.
  • 00:24:53
    And I remember in that moment, I just started to pray.
  • 00:24:57
    I started to pray, I mean, it was, you know,
  • 00:24:59
    I was a follower of Jesus and like I grew up in church,
  • 00:25:02
    I just started to pray and ask God to intervene.
  • 00:25:05
    And I remember this guy, literally,
  • 00:25:07
    like at points he was about to come over
  • 00:25:09
    the register to us
  • 00:25:10
    and we would not have been able to take him.
  • 00:25:12
    It would not have ended well for us.
  • 00:25:13
    And I remember this guy literally his face changing.
  • 00:25:16
    He turned out and he walked out the store.
  • 00:25:20
    Craziest thing ever, craziest thing ever,
  • 00:25:23
    and in that moment, I realized that even at work,
  • 00:25:27
    it's a place where my spiritual development can happen.
  • 00:25:29
    Now hopefully your worst days of work aren't that.
  • 00:25:32
    I'm not wishing that on anybody. But you know what?
  • 00:25:35
    Maybe you started a new business or a new venture.
  • 00:25:37
    You know what it is to pray, right?
  • 00:25:39
    You know what it is to say, "I've got a plan.
  • 00:25:40
    I've got a product. I've got a service.
  • 00:25:43
    I've got customers today, but I'm depending on God
  • 00:25:47
    to help this thing expand
  • 00:25:48
    because I've launched this thing now." Right?
  • 00:25:51
    I've invested a lot.
  • 00:25:52
    I have others that have invested a lot.
  • 00:25:54
    All of us can find ourself in places where
  • 00:25:56
    we understand the importance of being
  • 00:25:59
    a diligent earner who depends on God
  • 00:26:03
    for the money that we need.
  • 00:26:06
    So a diligent earner is someone who leans into
  • 00:26:09
    this verse in Colossians
  • 00:26:10
    and whatever it is that they do,
  • 00:26:12
    they do it with all of their heart because
  • 00:26:14
    they know that they're working
  • 00:26:15
    not for humans, but for God.
  • 00:26:17
    So they recognize and honor the dignity in their work
  • 00:26:21
    and in the work of other people.
  • 00:26:22
    They recognize and honor that work is a place
  • 00:26:24
    where they get spiritually developed and formed.
  • 00:26:26
    They recognize and have a dependence on God.
  • 00:26:30
    What about earning more money, mo money?
  • 00:26:33
    What about earning mo money?
  • 00:26:35
    Well, one of my other first jobs
  • 00:26:37
    was I worked at a gas station.
  • 00:26:39
    And I think that's an interesting analogy
  • 00:26:41
    when you think about is there a such thing
  • 00:26:42
    as earning too much money?
  • 00:26:44
    Think about gas in a car.
  • 00:26:47
    When you're going on a road trip,
  • 00:26:49
    you need a lot of gas in that car.
  • 00:26:51
    You stop multiple times to fill up
  • 00:26:53
    because you're going somewhere.
  • 00:26:55
    Now, by the same token, if the car never moves
  • 00:26:59
    and you just keep putting gas in the car,
  • 00:27:01
    gas in the car, what's going to happen?
  • 00:27:02
    Very quickly the car is going to overflow.
  • 00:27:05
    The gas is going to be wasted.
  • 00:27:06
    If you don't have a place that you're going
  • 00:27:09
    and a destination, you don't need as much fuel.
  • 00:27:11
    But can I just tell you something?
  • 00:27:13
    No matter who you are, God has purpose for your life.
  • 00:27:17
    God has a mission.
  • 00:27:18
    God has called you and I to join and participate
  • 00:27:21
    with Him in the flourishing of all creation.
  • 00:27:25
    So you have a purpose
  • 00:27:26
    and therefore God wants to give you fuel
  • 00:27:28
    and God may want to give you even more fuel.
  • 00:27:32
    Jesus talks about being a faithful steward in the Bible.
  • 00:27:35
    And Jesus says a faithful steward
  • 00:27:37
    should want more resources,
  • 00:27:39
    should work to multiply resources,
  • 00:27:42
    and should be ready for more resources.
  • 00:27:45
    He tells the story of this parable of the talents.
  • 00:27:47
    You may have heard of it.
  • 00:27:48
    These people were investing their master's money
  • 00:27:50
    and at the end of time, the master comes back.
  • 00:27:52
    And for those who multiplied,
  • 00:27:54
    who were diligent earners, look at what the master
  • 00:27:56
    who represents God says in Matthew 25:23, he says,
  • 00:28:09
    God wants you and I to be diligent earners.
  • 00:28:12
    He wants to give you and I more to manage,
  • 00:28:17
    more to join in the work that He has for us to do.
  • 00:28:20
    His call to action today for you and for me
  • 00:28:23
    is to be diligent, care about your work, earn money,
  • 00:28:28
    in fact, be open to earning even more
  • 00:28:30
    if that's where God is leading you.
  • 00:28:31
    Ask some questions like,
  • 00:28:32
    hey, do I need to take a second job?
  • 00:28:35
    Do I need a different job?
  • 00:28:36
    Do I need to ask for a raise?
  • 00:28:38
    Do I need to further my education
  • 00:28:39
    so I can go further in life?
  • 00:28:41
    Listen, I don't know those answers for everyone,
  • 00:28:44
    and I'm not saying that the same answers for everyone,
  • 00:28:46
    but God is interested
  • 00:28:48
    in you asking Him those questions.
  • 00:28:51
    Because work is good, it is godly.
  • 00:28:53
    Earning money is good and godly.
  • 00:28:55
    It's one of the primary ways we serve God
  • 00:28:57
    and we serve other people.
  • 00:28:58
    And here is the wonderful news.
  • 00:29:02
    No matter what you do,
  • 00:29:04
    no matter how much you earn or not,
  • 00:29:07
    your value in the eyes of God
  • 00:29:08
    is never based on what you do.
  • 00:29:10
    It's never based on what you earn.
  • 00:29:12
    It's based on who you are in His eyes.
  • 00:29:13
    If you are in relationship with Jesus,
  • 00:29:15
    then you are a beloved son and daughter of God.
  • 00:29:19
    Work is not your identity.
  • 00:29:20
    It is not your identity.
  • 00:29:22
    It is simply a way for you to participate
  • 00:29:25
    with God in the flourishing of creation.
  • 00:29:28
    So let's live out that truth.
  • 00:29:29
    Let's live out God's truth.
  • 00:29:30
    So be a diligent earner.
  • 00:29:32
    Be someone who lives into Colossians 3:23:
  • 00:29:35
    Whatever it is that you do,
  • 00:29:37
    work at it with all of your heart
  • 00:29:39
    as working for the Lord.
  • 00:29:41
    Be someone who also understands 1 Timothy 5:8,
  • 00:29:44
    which says anyone who does not provide for their relatives
  • 00:29:46
    and especially for their own household,
  • 00:29:48
    has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
  • 00:29:50
    God wants you to earn.
  • 00:29:52
    He want you to be able to provide for your family
  • 00:29:54
    in the same way that my dad
  • 00:29:55
    was an incredible provider for our family.
  • 00:29:58
    And let's remember this.
  • 00:29:59
    Let's remember that when you get resources,
  • 00:30:02
    it's not in our power,
  • 00:30:04
    that there's a dependence on God that produces
  • 00:30:07
    the kind of earnings that we experience.
  • 00:30:09
    Deuteronomy 8:17-18 says:
  • 00:30:22
    It is God that gives you and I
  • 00:30:24
    the ability to be diligent earners.
  • 00:30:26
    And it's God that wants to give you and I
  • 00:30:28
    the wisdom to be a prudent spender.
  • 00:30:30
    For the next several weeks
  • 00:30:31
    we're going to talk about that.
  • 00:30:32
    The next several talks are all about
  • 00:30:34
    a plan to help you and I manage well
  • 00:30:37
    the wealth that God gives us.
  • 00:30:38
    Don't miss that, because together
  • 00:30:41
    those two things will free you up financially
  • 00:30:44
    and will allow you to be a person who frees others.
  • 00:30:48
    β€” Let's hear a story from someone at Crossroads
  • 00:30:50
    who's experienced that kind of freedom.
  • 00:30:52
    β€” Growing up, my parents did not talk about money.
  • 00:30:54
    And the examples that were set for me
  • 00:30:56
    is if we don't have the money right now,
  • 00:30:58
    we put it on a credit card.
  • 00:30:59
    So when I turned 18 years old,
  • 00:31:02
    I opened a credit card and that started
  • 00:31:05
    my journey into quickly going into debt.
  • 00:31:08
    I bought things well outside my means.
  • 00:31:10
    It was the mentality that
  • 00:31:12
    I'll take care of it later.
  • 00:31:13
    That's a future Bailly problem.
  • 00:31:15
    That's not a today Bailey problem.
  • 00:31:16
    And quickly found myself spiraling into a path
  • 00:31:20
    that I didn't think I could get out of.
  • 00:31:23
    My anxiety was out of the roof.
  • 00:31:26
    It was uncontrollable.
  • 00:31:27
    I was on medicine to help manage that.
  • 00:31:30
    I often lost sleep about that.
  • 00:31:34
    I went to my parents far too often
  • 00:31:36
    and it got to the point where they said,
  • 00:31:38
    "We can't help you. You're her grown woman,
  • 00:31:41
    you need to figure out how to pay your bills."
  • 00:31:43
    And you'd think that would be enough
  • 00:31:44
    for me to look within and make different decisions,
  • 00:31:48
    but it took me falling flat on my face
  • 00:31:51
    to realize that.
  • 00:31:53
    In 2016 my car was repoed and I found myself
  • 00:31:59
    in a place where I had so many debt collectors
  • 00:32:01
    calling me that I kept my phone on Do Not Disturb
  • 00:32:04
    24 hours a day because that was easier
  • 00:32:07
    than the constant nagging saying you owe me money.
  • 00:32:11
    When I came into a relationship with the Lord,
  • 00:32:14
    I was wrecked and turned upside down.
  • 00:32:17
    I realized that I was living for worldly ways,
  • 00:32:21
    that I was always seeking and wanting something else
  • 00:32:24
    and was filling a void with stuff and not with Him.
  • 00:32:28
    When I came to that realization,
  • 00:32:29
    I learned that I needed to surrender at all,
  • 00:32:31
    and it began with my finances.
  • 00:32:33
    That I needed to create a thing called a budget.
  • 00:32:37
    That was something I did not have ever.
  • 00:32:40
    There was just charge, charge, charge.
  • 00:32:42
    And the first thing I did
  • 00:32:43
    was I stopped charging things
  • 00:32:45
    and I started aggressively paying off that debt
  • 00:32:49
    because I realized that I was not the owner,
  • 00:32:52
    I was just the manager,
  • 00:32:53
    and that He had given it to me
  • 00:32:54
    and I needed to be a better manager
  • 00:32:56
    of the resources He had given me.
  • 00:32:58
    That meant cutting things like
  • 00:32:59
    the eating out every single day at lunch
  • 00:33:02
    was no longer a thing,
  • 00:33:03
    that the biweekly nail appointments
  • 00:33:06
    were no longer a thing,
  • 00:33:07
    that the weekly shopping trips went to the curb
  • 00:33:11
    and that my spending plan had to change a whole lot.
  • 00:33:16
    And you have to take that first step,
  • 00:33:18
    the first step in cutting up that one credit card
  • 00:33:21
    and paying off that one debt
  • 00:33:23
    and that first step in moving forward with Him
  • 00:33:27
    knowing that He's not going to lead you astray.
  • 00:33:30
    Through all of this I also began tithing,
  • 00:33:32
    about three months before quarantine hit.
  • 00:33:37
    I took that step to begin giving
  • 00:33:40
    the first 10% back to the Lord.
  • 00:33:42
    Two months into quarantine, I also lost my job
  • 00:33:45
    and I thought, "Oh, my gosh, are you sure
  • 00:33:47
    you want me to continue tithing, Lord?
  • 00:33:49
    Like, I don't have an income right now."
  • 00:33:52
    And then jobs kept popping up,
  • 00:33:56
    people reaching out and saying,
  • 00:33:58
    "Would you help me with my children?"
  • 00:33:59
    "Would you watch my dog."
  • 00:34:01
    "I'm going out of town.
  • 00:34:03
    I need someone to stay at my house.
  • 00:34:04
    I have a pool. And like, you could eat
  • 00:34:06
    and drink whatever you want
  • 00:34:07
    and I'm going to pay you to do that."
  • 00:34:09
    I felt like God bless me in my obedience
  • 00:34:14
    to give Him back the 10% that was His all along.
  • 00:34:17
    And I wish I could say to myself 10 years ago,
  • 00:34:22
    "Just start tithing and trust that
  • 00:34:25
    He will supply everything you could need."
  • 00:34:29
    β€” Chuck covered a lot of ground today
  • 00:34:31
    and you might be feeling inspired
  • 00:34:32
    or challenged or maybe a bit overwhelmed.
  • 00:34:36
    One of the best things you can do
  • 00:34:37
    in that situation is to take whatever
  • 00:34:40
    you are feeling and bring it to God.
  • 00:34:42
    It's called worship
  • 00:34:43
    and it's an important component of our spiritual lives.
  • 00:34:46
    Let me introduce you to my friends Robbie and Amy
  • 00:34:49
    who are going to help get us started.
  • 00:36:30
    β€” Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
  • 00:36:34
    These words and melodies are hundreds of years old.
  • 00:36:37
    It's a simple acknowledgment of origins.
  • 00:36:40
    We're acknowledging God
  • 00:36:41
    as the originator of every blessing,
  • 00:36:44
    every provision,
  • 00:36:45
    pointing value in praise towards Him.
  • 00:36:48
    Let's take this from simply singing
  • 00:36:50
    to consciously acknowledging Him personally.
  • 00:36:52
    Simply say, "God, I praise You
  • 00:36:54
    for the roof over my head, the clothes on my back,"
  • 00:36:57
    or whatever else comes to mind. Try it yourself now.
  • 00:38:35
    β€” What has God done for you?
  • 00:38:37
    What do you have that you don't deserve, you didn't earn?
  • 00:38:41
    Let's simply sit and think about that.
  • 00:38:44
    Whatever pops into mind, thank God for it.
  • 00:38:47
    Doing this acknowledges God as the source
  • 00:38:49
    of all the good that has happened in our lives.
  • 00:40:15
    β€” I'll be honest, that line
  • 00:40:17
    you haven't failed us yet
  • 00:40:19
    hasn't always been easy for me to sing,
  • 00:40:21
    because the truth is there are times in my life
  • 00:40:24
    where I have felt that God failed me.
  • 00:40:26
    But the truth of the Bible is that
  • 00:40:29
    God hasn't failed us yet because the story's not over.
  • 00:40:34
    God is the God of the breakthrough.
  • 00:40:36
    What is the breakthrough you're waiting for from Him?
  • 00:40:40
    The story's not over.
  • 00:40:41
    Ask Him right now to see that breakthrough
  • 00:40:44
    all the way through.
  • 00:41:49
    – Interested by what you heard today?
  • 00:41:50
    Well, a great next step for you
  • 00:41:52
    is to download the Freed Up app.
  • 00:41:54
    It's a personalized experience designed to guide you
  • 00:41:56
    to a new place of financial freedom.
  • 00:41:58
    Now normally it cost $100.
  • 00:42:01
    But from now until the end of May, the Freed Up app
  • 00:42:04
    is available to the Crossroads community,
  • 00:42:06
    that's you, for free.
  • 00:42:08
    Just head to Crossroads.net/freedup
  • 00:42:11
    to download it. We'll see you next week.
Process, journal or discuss the themes of this article - here's a few questions to get the ball rolling...

Welcome to the Weekend Follow-Up. The questions below are for the weekend of April 24 & 25, 2021.

  1. Share a memorable gift-opening moment from your childhood or share the coolest gift you ever gave someone?

  2. Read Colossians 3:23-24. No matter what you do for work or in school Jesus invites us to work diligently for him. Brainstorm ways you see how you could serve Jesus at work or in school and what barriers may keep you from being able to do that.

  3. Read Deuteronomy 8:17-18. God looks at us as managers, not owners, of the resources he has given us. Think about your last month of spending. If Jesus was managing your finances, what would he change?

  4. Over the next four weeks we’re going to continue to take steps towards using our money the way that Jesus would. What’s one step you can practically take in that direction? Maybe it’s looking for different sources of income, or changing how you spend. To make the most of the FreedUp experience, download the FreedUp app now.

  5. Read Psalms 24:1 and then close your time in prayer. Say your own or use this one: β€œJesus, you are the giver of all the resources we have. We thank you for your love and generosity. Give us clarity on how we could change the way we earn and how we spend to align more with your ways. We invite you to breakthrough in our lives and specifically with our work and spending. Amen.”

More from the Weekend

Download the FreedUp app today. This is a personalized experience designed to guide you to a new place of financial freedom.

Individuals and Couples can use the coupon code to download the FreedUp app for free, a $99 value. Offer expires May 31st.

0 people are discussing these questions

(This stuff helps us figure out how many fruitcakes to make come December)

You must include at least one person

Got it! Enjoy your discussion.


Apr 24, 2021 β€’ 42 mins 29 sec

Recent Series