CONTRIBUTED BY HENRY AND MARIAN HAMELINK
It has been said that few things reveal the heart better than money. Money has a way of revealing what you really believe and value.
There is no time like the present to learn to be generous with your money. Here’s what the Bible says: “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:7. And the Bible has more to say on this. In fact, there are over 2000 verses in the Scripture on money and possessions, 288 verses in the gospels alone deal with the same topic! That is approximately one tenth of the gospels, and 16 of the 38 parables deal with giving.
The Bible also says, that it is more blessed to give, than to receive. God gave his only begotten Son, that we might be delivered and make living sacrifices. It pleased the Lord to bruise his own Son to deliver his people. James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” We would have nothing apart from the goodness, mercy, kindness, grace, love of God.
Please remember that it’s not your money, it is Gods. He gives it to you to manage, and He means for you to manage it well, and to His glory. Give to the Lord first. Learn to give the first and the best of your money to the Lord. The harder that seems, the more you need to do it.
Many churches are struggling because of the lack of money being returned to the Lord. But the real issue isn’t the money. The real story isn’t in the church balance sheets. The ‘bottom line’ is our dysfunctional hearts. We’re simply are not getting what God has done in our lives. It would do us good to dwell long and hard on the inexpressible gift of God’s grace to us, and its radical implications for every aspect of our new lives in Christ. ‘For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.’ 2 Corinthians 8:9