Why do you give money?
In the materialistic world we live in, quite often people give only to get. They choose to give money so they will be blessed, which is backward thinking. We as God’s people should seek to get in order to give. Keeping God as your top priority and having a financial plan based on the goal of being more generous will allow you to pursue both God and wealth. It all begins with an assessment of your heart.
Your heart reveals who you are. It reveals your desires, your motivation, and ultimately who you become. Matthew 6:21 says, ―Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also‖ (NIV). So I ask you, what is your treasure and where is your heart? How do you view money, and how important is money to you?
You may be like many and say money does not matter to you. You may even say that money is the root of all evil or that it’s hard for the rich to enter heaven, so you do not pursue wealth. It’s not your thing . . . You may even think your money struggles and challenges are your sacrifice for God. Often many people falsely identify riches as evil because of the rich young ruler portrayed in Matthew chapter 19:16-30.
When you break God’s Word down and look at God’s most basic interest in you, you’ll find that He wants to know the intentions of your heart. Your heart reveals how you view money. Are you in love with God or money? It is ―the love of money (1 Timothy 6:10 NIV) that is the root of all evil, not the money itself. Money is neither good nor evil. It can be used for both good and evil purposes. Most of the people I have observed who say money is not important act otherwise. The words speak, but the actions speak louder.
What are your thoughts? What is your greatest passion when it comes to giving?