SELECTED READING: Matthew 6:19–20
“Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The Bible relates not only the use of time to our spiritual condition, but also our use of money. The disciplined use of money requires that we manage it in such a way that our needs and those of our families are met. In fact, the Bible denounces as a hypocrite any
professing Christian who fails to care for the physical needs of his family because of financial irresponsibility, slothful mismanagement, or waste. “If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household,” 1 Timothy 5:8 says firmly, “he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” So how
“. . . USE OF MONEY IS AN INDICATOR OF OUR OVERALL SPIRITUAL CONDITION."
we use money for ourselves, for others, and especially for the sake of God’s kingdom is from first to last a Spiritual issue.
We cannot escape the fact that our use of money is an indicator of our overall spiritual condition. So, be disciplined in your approach to money.
Spend less than you make.
Always put something away for savings.
Be generous towards others. God has never rewarded stinginess.
Give your tithe (10% of your income) to the church as a matter of discipline. Don’t debate it every time, just give it first (as the Bible teaches).
Give above and beyond your tithe as a sign of thankfulness to all the Lord has given you.
If you are having a difficult time with money, by all means, seek some outside help. Sometimes a third party can see things you can’t see.
My wife and I have never regretted any giving we have done. We’ve never wanted our tithe back. As a matter of fact, we often give more than our tithe as an expression of thankfulness for all the Lord has given us.
If it’s more blessed to give than receive, we want to experience that blessing.
Don’t just give, be generous.
PRAYER GUIDE FOR TODAY:
Pray for Pastor Joel and Sherry.
Pray for the staff.
Pray that our church would give above and beyond our needs. We currently have many ministries we’d like to start, but are waiting on funds to start them. If everyone in our church gave a tithe we would have more than enough.
Ask God to help you to be generous as a matter of discipline.