One thing we know about money matters is that money matters.
God thinks money matters too.
I say that because money and possessions are one of the most talked about subjects in the Bible.
More than prayer, more than faith or more than salvation.
That’s because God knew what areas we would struggle with.
That is why we started the year off looking at somethings that God says about money. My hope is that we can get a better understanding of what God says about money.
The more understanding we have the more we can align our finances with God’s will for our lives.
The more we learn to follow God’s will, the more we can honor God.
Ecclesiastes 5:10-20 (Amplified Bible)
“He who loves money will not be satisfied with money
Week 2: Living Generously
Deuteronomy 15:7-11 (Amplified Bible)
We need to be able to take care of our basic needs.
We need our money to take care of our needs.
Most everyone I know has worked hard for their money.
What we have been able to save we usually have plans for.
And besides for people who go to church like us, they give to the church.
Many of us also give to other charities.
We think, well of course I am generous, look at the money I donated.
Generosity is much more than how much money we give to help others.
Being Generous is a way of living.
Merriam-Webster defines generous as “liberal in giving: open-handed”
That sounds familiar, may-be they got that definition from God’s Word.
Being generous is how God wants us to live.
If we try to say that this story is from the Old Testament.
It is only a command to those people at that time we are ignoring the what the rest of God’s
Word shows us about money and possessions.
Jesus in the sixth chapter of Matthew clearly taught about the need to not place money and
possessions above God.
Jesus reminds us that the material things we have in this world really don’t matter to God.
It is our attitude towards God that is the most important thing.
If we aren’t already living this way, how can we learn to live generously?
Remind ourselves what we have is because God has allowed us to have it.
What Jesus said about money.
“Be [very] careful not to do your good deeds publicly, to be seen by men; otherwise you will have no reward [prepared and awaiting you] with your Father who is in heaven. “So whenever you give to the poor and do acts of kindness, do not blow a trumpet before you [to advertise it], as the hypocrites do [like actors acting out a role] in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored and recognized and praised by men. I assure you and most solemnly say to you, they [already] have their reward in full. But when you give to the poor and do acts of kindness, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing [give in complete secrecy], so that your charitable acts will be done in secret; and your Father who sees [what is done] in secret will reward you.
We do good things to please God not to please people.
Jesus requires us to give to the poor and do acts of kindness.
Not to draw attention to ourselves, not to gain God’s favor, but to bring glory to God!