God Loves a Cheerful Giver

November 26, 2009

“For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang.  But flee from these things, you man of God; and pursue rightousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverence and gentleness” (I Timothy 6:10-11; NASB).
 
Many a christian has ruined his or her reputation by pursuing money in a sinful way. When I took my first job in the insurance business, an older, wise man that I worked with, told me the importance of making money honestly and having a good reputation. The consequences of a Christian using deceptive business practices, eliminates their influence as a disciple of God.  

We must teach people, especially the young, to make an honest living and place their priorities in the right place to make a successful life on earth which is pleasing to God. By placing faith, family, and work in the proper perspective, we can live fuller and more productive lives, being the kind of examples God wants and expects us to be.

Giving on the first day of the week, as Paul stated in I Corinthians 16:1-2, with the proper attitude is an act of worship and as important as any other commandment God has given us. A clear test of seeing how much we love money is in how we contribute financially to the Lord’s work.  How many Christians living in luxurious homes are either not giving, or giving the Lord the same amount as their lunch money after the Sunday service on the first day of the week?  What does the Lord think about a person who lives in a gated community, drives luxury cars, has country club memberships, makes a six figure salary, and yet puts the same amount of money in the collection plate that they would spend on one meal at Red Lobster for 2 people?  Sounds rather ridiculous, but it happens every first day of the week at many congregations.  The next time you think about buying a luxury item, consider the leftovers you might be leaving to God.  II Corinthians 9:7 says, “Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver.” Something to think about kind friend! 

-Phil Barnes

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