The Greatest Message Ever
While faith determines our eternal destination, our behavior determines our eternal rewards. Our handling of money is a litmus test of our true character. The greatest
message on money and possessions is found in Matthew 6:19-24:
“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 moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves
do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is,
there your heart will be also. The eye is the lamp of the
body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full
of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will
be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness,
how great is that darkness! No one can serve two
masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other,
or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.
You cannot serve both God and Money.” (NIV)
Prepare to Give
See that you need God before you need money. Money without God is like a car without gas. You won’t go very far. When you break free from the grip money has on you and learn contentment, you will quickly discover that God provides everything you’ll ever need. You may not have every want filled, but every need will be filled.
Give with a Grateful Heart
Realize how much good is in your life. Bad things may happen, but life is good. The glass is always half full. Try to be grateful for each day, and live as if it may be your last. With this mentality, what can you do today that you may not get the opportunity to do tomorrow? Put God first, and find ways to give more of your time, energy, and money to make a difference.
Start Small, but Start Somewhere
If you have never given, even if it is small, start somewhere. If you have been giving inconsistently, start giving regularly. Giving is the best gift you will ever receive. There are so many spiritual, personal, and health-related benefits. Give as a percentage of your income rather than a fixed dollar amount, and try to gradually increase your giving percentage each year.
Be on the Lookout for Opportunities to Give
You do not need to look far to see others in need. Ministries, charities, and churches desperately need your help in assisting others who are hurting. Despite living in one of the greatest economic periods in world history, giving as a percentage of income has steadily been decreasing.