I have always found the conversation about church and money an uncomfortable one. Finances are not something we often talk about, especially as it relates to people’s personal finances
Money is important, and so is having conversations about money. It is what makes the wheels go around of our contemporary world. Nothing indicates what a person values quite like a read of their bank statements. Where we spend our money speaks so much about what we think is important.
We believe that God is the one who ultimately provides the resources, both human and financial. He does this primarily through people. He doesn’t need our money. He is the creator of all things. Psalm 50 tells us that He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. There is no end to His resources. We believe that everything we have is ultimately His. He made it and therefore owns it all (including us). We don’t give because He needs it, I believe we give because we need to.
Generosity is the only cure to greed. When we generously give to others, to good causes or to the church we recognise two things;
1. It’s not ours in the first place.
2. Our wealth does not own us, we own it.
2 Corinthians 9:7 stresses that we should only give because it is what we want to do and what we have worked out before God. He is not interested in us giving out of a sense of compulsion - He wants us to give out of our generosity.
Will you be blessed if you give? Yes, but not due to some formula derived by a televangelist. You will be blessed because you will be freeing yourself from the chains of greed and at the same time sowing into the work of God in and through the local church. You will be blessed because you will be aligning your heart, your mind and your wallet with God’s will and His purposes. This, in my experience, is the best and most blessed and safest place to be.
Come join the discussion about "The Church" at one of our services every Sunday at 9am, 10am and 5pm. Graham Park, 8 Schofields Lane, Berry.