Giving Money God’s Way
I was crushed. As I was greeting people after worship one Sunday, one of the members came by and said, “Gosh, Pastor, if I had known that this was going to be Stewardship Sunday, I would not have brought a friend.” Ouch! Was I that bad? Had I made Jesus look bad that day? Had I turned one of a Christian’s most joyful privileges into a joyless duty?
Giving is worship. Giving to God acknowledges him as Maker of all (remember—“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it”), Giver of all (remember—“What do you have that you did not first receive?”), and worthy of our best (remember—“He made himself poor, so that we through his poverty might become rich”).
Giving God’s money back to him is a “wanna,” not a “hafta.” “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine” (Proverbs 3:9,10).
God is already living in your future, and he is capable of giving back to you faster than you can give to him. Feel the love. Feel the joy.
We all have doubts and uncertainties about many things, and with those comes a tension between trusting God and also taking personal responsibility. It’s from wanting a childlike faith but needing to be a grown-up Christian.
We can trust God and take responsibility for our choices and actions at the same time. In this book, the author encourages you to think deeply about what it means to trust God and at the same time use the gifts and blessings that he has given you to act according to his will.
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