I like money.
1. It pays my bills.
2. It buys me stuff I want.
3. Money equals "security", we are told --- whatever that means (a blog topic for another time).
4. And money allows me to support the work of the Church.
Whoa, wait a minute, Abby. Let's don't get carried away here. I was with ya until the "Church" thing. I would love to give to the church, but I just don't have any extra money. It takes all I have to just get the bills paid.
The reasons Christians should give to the Church are many. First of all, it's a biblical concept. Giving to God is a practice of sacrifice and an act of faith. It's a tangible way for us to say, "God, on paper I really can't afford this, but I'm going to give it anyway because I love you and trust you, and I want to show you". We give our money to the Church in gratitude. We are grateful for what we have, so we share a little bit of it to show thanks. That's all good.
But, you know the most compelling reason we should give money to the Church?
It's not OUR money. Really, it's not. For most of us, our source of income is our work or career. So, ask yourself (myself) the following:
Who provided you with access to an education and job opportunities in the first place?
Who blessed you with the brains to learn and go to college and get that degree?
Who compelled that company to hire you over someone else just as qualified?
Who allows you to wake up every morning, go to work, and make more money?
If you answered "God" to any or all the above questions, then you can safely conclude that your money is not your money. So, giving to the church is really more like just transferring funds from one account to another - neither of which are yours.
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