The church only talks about money! The church is money hungry! The church doesn’t care about me; they only want my money! As a pastor, I’ve heard these numerous times, and this short devotional isn’t the time to give a profound theology of wealth. I will say that Jesus spent more time talking about material possessions than He did about heaven and hell. Jesus knew the importance of money when examining the heart and motivations of people. Money is a clue to what truly captures our hearts. Money can be challenging to discuss, but the financial principles laid out in Scripture are elementary. God owns everything and has given us the responsibility to steward the finances He gives us. This means we make wise investments, give sacrificially and generously to people and ministries that honor the Lord, and provide our families’ necessities. We live simple and content lives. As a pastor, I want to see the flock the Lord has entrusted to my care grow and thrive in all areas of their life, including financial stewardship. So, I will continue to preach and teach the whole counsel of God. Look for ways to radically give this year. Start at home (family and church), and then look for organizations and causes that are doing the Lord’s work and bearing fruit. You can’t out-give God. Go ahead and try!
Philippians 4:15: “As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this.”
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