Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 1 Timothy 6:17
Well, that would be us. The poorest of us would still be rich in this present world. But here’s the important thing: you don’t have to have lots of money to worship it. You can struggle over money issues and still worship it just as much as the next guy, maybe even more, because we tend to make not having enough money the sole reason for all our problems even when it’s not. That would be putting our hope in money to save us.
As we embark on any study on giving, it becomes necessary to take out your wallet, checkbook or debit card for a moment. What you hold in your hand is what most people in our culture today believe contains the secret to their ability to experience happiness. Without declaring it so, has it become your worship center? It would make sense because money is the god of this world; it is the Baal of this culture — the golden calf of our age. I think we all struggle with this; I know I do.
How would you know? How do you know what you worship? What do you spend most of your time thinking about? What brings you happiness and security — peace with God or money in the bank? What consumes you — a passion for God or a passion for things and for the money that can buy them? What do you think is going to get you out of your financial woes? More money or a deeper relationship with God?
We think we can learn some very valuable lessons about giving from people in the
Word of God who don’t start giving when they have more money. Rather, in most of the stories, people start giving when they have more joy. Perhaps this is because they are no longer dependent on their wallet for their happiness. In fact, giving is one of the best ways of finding out who’s God.
And we know we can learn some valuable lessons about giving from your stories as well, so keep them coming. Simply reply to this email with your story about giving.