God Loves a Cheerful Giver

It’s been said that if you want to know where a man’s heart is, follow his wallet.  Check out a man’s spending habits and you’ll see what he values the most.

Jesus put it this way in the gospel of Matthew chapter six,  “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

As our recent financial chaos in this country can attest to – men love money.  In fact, it is the love of money that is the root of all kinds of evil according to Scripture and our Lord said that no can serve two masters for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

This is quite amusing when you think about it because to worship wealth is to bow down to the byproduct without recognizing the producer.  It is to pay homage to the grocery bag and banana while ignoring the one who made the fruit in the first place.

God is the source of all good things.  He is the source of all of our blessings and to miss the beauty of His glory for a mere created thing is most miserable indeed.  Why worship a penny when we have the King?

Giving in the church should be regular, proportionate, and sometimes sacrificial.  It should be done voluntarily and with great joy and seen as privilege and not a burden.  God does not want your minimum wage mentality where tithing becomes your focus and you quibble over percentages and net incomes.

We should learn to move on beyond that limited view of giving and see that our standard of giving has now become the self-giving example of Christ Himself who gave all so that others may profit.  The tithing of first fruits is merely a good base to work from but is by no means the end.

Listen to more details here when I recently preached on this often mistaught doctrine. I pray you are encouraged and challenged as I know I was by what God’s Word has to say on giving cheerfully.

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About ostrakinos

Pastoral sojourner in the world. Raising up four daughters. Citizen of earth. Resident of heaven. Taking ten looks at Christ.

Posted on October 14, 2008, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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