So, after reading many of the responses regarding the post called 'Controversy,' I thought that I would add some thoughts regarding giving to the church. I haven’t talked much on money, but let’s face it…generates discussion. I have been enjoying the last few sessions and the comments that have been posted, and I do apologize for having to moderate your comments, but for the most part almost all comments have been allowed through and I will continue to do my part in allowing even those that seems silly...but add a sense of fun to this blog.
So, on this post I want to throw some ideas out there and would love to hear your thoughts on the matter of giving to the church.
Randy Alcorn in his book the Treasure Principle says:
“You can't take it with you – but you can send it on ahead.”
With that in mind, here are four guidelines that someone has shared with me regarding giving to the church.
First, we need to Pay God (I could talk about tithing here but for the sake of arguing needlessly, I will leave it open).
2 Corinthians 8:7
But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
Then we need to Pay Yourself
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
Thirdly, Pay Your Debts
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.
Finally, Live Within a Budget
Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it?
With all those in mind there are some things that we can take for granted or that are underlying assumptions when it comes to money. They are:
GOD owns everything, and I am His money manager. In other words we are the managers of the assets GOD has entrusted, not given, to us.
My hearts always goes where I put GOD’s money. Watch what happens when you reallocate your money from temporal things to eternal things.
Giving is the only antidote to materialism. Giving is a joyful surrender to a greater person and a greater agenda. It dethrones me and exalts GOD.
GOD prospers me not to raise my stand of living, but to raise my standard of giving. In other words GOD gives us more money that we need so we can give generously.
Some ideas, some thoughts?