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Sustaining Wholeness: Heavenly Treasuries – Part 2
October 4, 2020
Main Scripture Reference(s)
Matthew 19:16-29

Sustaining Wholeness: Heavenly Treasuries – Part 2

October 4, 2020 / Matthew 19:16-29

Material Capital –

  • We are most familiar with it because we work with it everyday
  • What kind of relationship do we have with material capital?

What is Material Capital?

3  types of Material Capital that we see in the rich young man ( and a 4th that is only alluded to)

  • Finances (includes: money, investments, loans, savings, etc.)
  • Possessions (includes: stuff & things that we own – all that fills our every day. From clothes to electronics, furniture, etc.)
  • Treasure (includes things that we hold dear, maybe jewelry, keepsakes, photo albums, memorabilia, etc. but can also include things that have become idols that we invest a lot of time in) 
  • *Resources (not necessarily, considered possessions, but used for things, food, paper, gasoline, wood, electricity, water,  etc.)

    Overvaluing material capital

    • often seen as the most important thing in life by society & culture.
    • We sacrifice all the other capital to get it, even though it doesn’t ever really fulfill what it promises.
    • We learn to risk everything for the big financial payoff.
    • Studies have shown that after you reach a certain threshold of income is reached that legitimately cares for all of your temporal needs, obtaining more money has little to no effect on our overall happiness and quality of life. As soon as we have enough getting more doesn’t create more satisfaction with life. Yet we continue to behave as if it will!

    Devaluing material capital entirely.

    • seeing it as evil or tainted
    • Not having money does not make anyone virtuous or happy. This is a misinterpretation of the letter from James.
    • With both of these perspectives, it can often lead to a spirit of scarcity and/or poverty, or overindulgence (delayed gratification)
    • Instead, we need to see Material Capital is a tool. This can actually help understand purchasing power. When we use money, we have to ask the question, why am I spending money on this? Will this possession actually help me accomplish the goals I (and God) have for my life? Where is my Treasure?
      • But it can be an important tool God uses to bring a blessing to ourselves and for us to partner with Him to bring blessings to others. However, it is not the only way of receiving and giving a blessing.
    • A lack of material capital is actually a limitation
      • Many people who take pride in their lack of material capital are dependent on those who have some to spare, whether, family, the church, non-profit programs, or the government. This is not to villainize them, it’s just a matter of reality.
    • We can’t afford to equate material capital with spiritual capital.
      • The reality is there is a lot more to a well-lived life and prosperity than the various kinds of material capital. “Prosper in all respects, just as your soul prospers” – 3 John v.2
    • Getting capitals in the right order. (Business culture)
      • material
      • psychological (intellectual)
      • relational
      • physical
      • spiritual
    • After the ultimate goal of making money (material capital), ideas and creativity are the next highest capital (psychological (intellectual) capital), because they can be leveraged for more money. After that comes relational capital since business happens only where relationships are strong. Physical capital is near the bottom because it’s generally acceptable to sacrifice your health to work more hours, and last on the list is spiritual capital, because it’s rarely even considered to have any value at all as a capital in the business world.

    Reality in the story of the Rich Young Man

    • A reality of self-centeredness
    • The reality of what I actually need to live and flourish
    • The reality that my wealth it’s not just for me and God gives us excess to share
    • The reality that stuff will clutter my soul. Evidence of this is hoarding
    • The reality that God created us to care for and rule over created things
    • The reality that if we put God first we can trust him to provide for everything that we need and for everything we ask according to his will. He is always willing and wanting to do what is for our good and his glory

    So how do we align with the truth of these realities? For things that work together

    1. Sacrifice 
      1. Romans 12
      2. Jesus said, “It is more of a blessing to give than to receive.” – Acts 20:35
    2. Simplicity (and a plan)
    3. Generosity
      1. Generosity is more than tithes and offerings it is a posture that says I will live with open hands and all I have is yours God.
    4. Production and Investment
      1. Jesus tells the Rich Young man that it is only one type of capital and it is more valuable to invest it all to “buy shares” in other kinds of capital.
      2. When money is invested in others instead of ourselves it actually increases our happiness.
      3. The way we grow our capital in one area is by investing what we have of the other four. Let’s get practical about how this works.
      4. As we think about growing our financial capital, it’s important to remind ourselves again that this only works when financial capital is kept in its value order, serving the other capitals, especially spiritual capital.

    Investing financial capital

    • 5 reasons we prayerfully chose to have me take my job at choice books 
      • continue to invest in these relationships
      • minimize the financial burden on the church community and increase our investment power
      • Provide future opportunities for co-vocational ministers to join us
      • Help re-facilitate better rhythms of soul care and learning and physical stewardship
      • expand gospel influence

    Other things to consider 

    • Hard -> easy or easy-> hard 

    The promise is if we steward well, God will open heaven over us. This is a promise of Him opening Spiritual Capital and storehouses to us. When we put him first in relationship all other things are added to us…
    Where and why might there be a disconnect between what Jesus and the Disciples teach us about material capital, and how we actually live our lives?

    So What? What is God saying to You about Himself? Yourself? What needs to change about what you believe?

    Now What? What is God asking for you and us to do in response? 

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