From The Pastors

Regularly one of our pastors will share a sermon, reflections on religion, or what’s going on around the community and the world. Our current message is below:

Why Worry; It’s Not Yours Anyway

From Rev. Erik Buss, Assistant to the Pastor
January 16, 2018

The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness. (Psalm 24:1)

Money is an interesting thing because we tend to have so much anxiety around it. Most studies show that money is the number one thing couples argue about, and those that don’t have it first put it second.
Yet the Lord says don’t worry: “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them…. Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ … But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matt 6:25-34) That’s a powerful statement about not worrying about money (and things)! Yet you pretty much can’t fight about it if you aren’t worrying about it, so we’re clearly not doing such a good job with this.
Here is a thought about money: It’s not ours anyway; it’s the Lord’s. When Jacob was praying to the Lord in Gilgal, he said, “And of all that You give me I will surely give You a tenth.” (Genesis 28:22; cf. SS 69; TCR 286) So the Lord gave Jacob all his wealth and Jacob only had to give the Lord 10%. Or to put it another way, since he should have given the Lord all, the Lord was giving him 90% back! That’s generous.
I know when someone gives me a gift of money I have much less attachment to it than I do to money I feel like I’ve earned with my sweat and toil. What if I can think about all my money as the Lord’s, and He gives me back most to use wisely? That’s much less stressful! And on top of that, when we acknowledge that everything is from the Lord, like the passage from Matthew above says, we get good things. When we acknowledge this (which giving to the Lord stands for) “everything” we have is “blessed.” (AE 675:19)