Our willingness to share shows maturity in our walk with Christ. Which will we follow: His will or our way?
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21
Today in the Baptist Faith & Message, we look at:
God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others. According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer’s cause on earth.
Genesis 14:20; Leviticus 27:30-32; Deuteronomy 8:18; Malachi 3:8-12; Matthew 6:1-4,19-21; 19:21; 23:23; 25:14-29; Luke 12:16-21,42; 16:1-13; Acts 2:44-47; 5:1-11; 17:24-25; 20:35; Romans 6:6-22; 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 4:1-2; 6:19-20; 12; 16:1-4; 2 Corinthians 8-9; 12:15; Philippians 4:10-19; 1 Peter 1:18-19.
The phrase, “You can’t ‘outgive’ God,” is true, but not necessarily in the way one might think. Spiritual currency is different than this world’s currency. If one puts money in the offering plate thinking that he will get a monetary return for his “donation,” he’s banking at the wrong bank. We give to God praying that He will use it to meet the needs of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, and for the advancement of the Gospel. Romans 12:13 says, “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.“
The advancement of the Gospel happens when followers of Jesus Christ are obedient to the Spirit’s guidance in their lives. Whether it’s living a godly life before an unbelieving spouse, sharing with someone who stops by the church for assistance, going to the other side of the globe to further the cause of Christ, or some other way that the Lord directs a person to testify for Him, God uses each act of faith for His purposes.
May we give of our finances, our time, our resources, and even our very lives in the advancement of the Gospel. Building His Church (members, not buildings) is a major goal for us. Let’s keep the main thing the main thing.
Abba, You said that we would be witnesses all over the world. In many cases, You bring the world to us through neighbors, business contacts, and in many other ways. May we, first, live a life that brings You glory and attention, and second, be obedient to Your still, soft voice as You direct us to people You want to hear our story of how You interact with us on a daily basis. We want to be good stewards of the lives You have given us. Amen.