Hebrews 13:5, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you’”.
Proverbs 11:24, “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want”.
People distracted with loss, those in pain, and the terminally ill are not concerned with stock options. People in ICU or on their deathbed aren’t calling for their investment brokers or accountants; they’re calling for their pastors and families. Big houses and fancy cars suddenly no longer matter, because we come into this world with nothing and we leave with nothing. But somehow, in the midst of the hustle and bustle of life and in striving for success, we forget that there are some things money can’t buy.
Money is neutral and therefore not problematic. It’s our attitude toward it that can lead to trouble. Unlike money, we aren’t neutral because we’ve all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. If our hearts truly beat for God, then they will beat fast for the local church. In order for the house to thrive we must give. Generosity is the essence of Christianity and tangible giving brings blessings in ways money can’t touch. When we compare what we’ve done for God—nothing—with what He’s done for us—everything—our hearts should overflow with gratitude. So, it’s time to check our spiritual pulse to see if our hearts are beating fast for the things of God. Because, if we’re not content with what we have now we won’t be content with more. The key to financial success is not only bringing back to God what is rightfully His; it’s giving more. It’s partnering with the vision of extending the church’s reach and living in the sweet spot of God’s blessing. When we love God first, we can truly understand how to love the benefits of generosity.
Partner with Fellowship Church in prayer. Pray for seats to be filled, for lives to be changed, and for overall generosity in the hearts and minds of those considering end of the year giving.
Check your spiritual pulse by considering the following questions.
- Which would make you the happiest? Inheriting $100,000 or sharing your story and leading 10 people into a relationship with Christ?
- If you earned extra money beyond your regular income, would you bring back the first 10% to God?