A New Mindset About Money

July 13, 2003
Tony Tietz

Let us study Jesus' teachings on money as found in the Gospel of Luke.

Jesus' Advice: What our mentality should be concerning money is...

Jesus' Advice: What our mentality should be concerning money is not...

Zacchaeus, A Case Study: For a new mindset, we must...

  1. Get in Jesus' face: "He ran ahead and climbed..."
    [1] "Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. [2] A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. [3] He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. [4] So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way."
    Luke 19:1-4 (NIV)
    Short change is no change.
  2. Welcome him gladly: "He came down at once..."
    [5] "When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, 'Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.' [6] So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly."
    Luke 19:5-6 (NIV)
    Never let obedience become grumpiness.
  3. Give stuff away: "I give half of my possessions..."
    "But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, "
    Luke 19:8a (NIV)
    It is more blessed to give than to receive.
  4. Make things right: "I will pay back four times..."
    "and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount."
    Luke 19:8b (NIV)
    Repentance always bears fruit that others can eat.

If you think your mindset about money was wrong; money for yourself being grumpy and sour, then change your mindset and repent. Your repentance will affect others as well.