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Money Matters
The Bible says, ‘Jesus sat down…and watched the crowd putting their money into
the temple treasury…’ (Mark 12:41 NIV). Would your giving change if Jesus were
passing the plate or watching you write the cheque? (Actually He does!)
Each time you’re asked to give, He sees: 1) your obedience 2) your consistency
3) your generosity or the lack of it! He doesn’t really measure you by how much you
Help me to stop
give, but by how much you have to give and what you keep for yourself. That’s why
planning my
He says, ‘For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also’
giving Lord, so
(Matthew 6:21 NIV).
that I reduce the
Now since your kingdom is destined to go up in smoke and His shall ‘have no end,’
opportunity to be
it’s not hard to fi gure out where the smart money should go. Yet who among us
led by the Holy
Spirit in my giving.
hasn’t been more excited about a dream home here than a heavenly home there?
When I feel moved
That’s why Jesus keeps challenging our perspectives! Ever notice how many folk
to give Lord let me
rush to endow God’s work on the eve of their departure? That’s because you get
follow through
better perspective from a hearse.
on that, as I might
What Jesus is saying is, ‘You can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead.’
well be the miracle
(Matthew 6:20, paraphrased). Thank God for benevolent bequests but don’t you
someone needs.
think it would be smarter to give earlier and experience the double blessing of
Lord I know my
having your money extend His Kingdom while you’re still here to enjoy it? Bottom
fi nance is a tool in
line: if you want to know what’s most important to you, look at your chequebook.
Your Kingdom and
I pray I will be
You’re Just The Administrator
a good
administrator of all
that You have
blessed me with.
If you want to be both spiritual and successful, here are three things you need to know:
1) God owns everything. Your name may be on the deed but don’t get any wrong ideas. Listen: ‘…
all things come from You, and... of Your own... we have given You’ (1 Chronicles 29:14 AMP). You’re
just the administrator of His estate, so when He tells you to give a certain amount don’t say, ‘I’ll think
about it.’ And don’t try to bargain, for on the other end of every act of obedience there is a blessing
waiting. Listen: ‘If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land’ (Isaiah 1:19 NIV).
2) He alone is your source. You don’t have a thing He didn’t give to you. Without Him you couldn’t
even catch your next breath. It’s alright to enjoy money, invest money and share money, so long
as you trust only in ‘…the living God, Who giveth us richly all things to enjoy’ (1 Timothy 6:17).
3) Every spending decision is a spiritual decision. Your chequebook will always reflect your goals
and priorities. What does yours say? When it came to giving, the Macedonian Christians were a
class act because ‘they gave not only what they could afford, but far more…their first action was
to dedicate themselves to the Lord and to us, for whatever directions God might give to them
through us’ (2 Corinthians 8:3-5 TLB). When you really give God your heart you‘ll have no trouble
giving Him anything else.
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