Freely give, freely receive

Despite the fact that my entries about Gilmore Girls get more eprops than my entries about spiritual matters, I’m going to try not to read too much into that.

Kristin has some excellent thoughts about trusting God with our life and finances, and when I read her entry I was amazed because God convicted me of a lot of the same things this morning when I was in church. The message was out of 1 Timothy 6:17-19, which says, “Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed” (emphasis mine).

He richly supplies, and yet I greedily hoard. I haven’t tithed at all since I moved to Knoxville. I have used a myriad of excuses, too: I’m technically below the poverty line as far as income goes; I’m not a member of a church here so I don’t have a church to give to; I’ll make up for it when I have more money, etc. etc. But what I forget is that all of it comes from God and belongs to Him anyway, so who am I to keep it from Him? I worry and worry about money and whether or not I’ll be able to make it from month to month, but have I ended up on the streets? No. He always provides, and I am blessed to have parents who are more than generous with what God has given them. They are the perfect example of believers who trust God with their finances, give generously, and always have more than enough. I don’t know of anyone who says, “I tithe, but I just never have enough money.” It doesn’t happen. But what does happen is, “I have no money, so I’m not going to give any to God because if He really wanted me to give, He’d give me more.” Um, what? Perhaps God hasn’t provided me with more because I haven’t even been a good steward of what little I do have. I spend more money on books, movies, and CDs than I do on tithing or charitable giving, and it’s ludicrous. I’m not going to be able to take any of that junk with me, but money that I give to the church or to a charity can be used to advance the Gospel, and that’s an investment we all should be making.

“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.” ~Matthew 6:19-21

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