…by Gordon Barker
The topic of money can be a sensitive one in church, particularly for people who are not yet Christ-followers. Some of this sensitivity is understandable. We have become a cynical society, constantly hearing of ways people are being scammed out of their money. Exposure to the approach of a few TV evangelists has caused many people to place churches in a category not to be trusted.
That’s why I really liked Greg’s approach to the message being focused on trust. This message was a little different though. Usually a message on trust would be focused on our need to trust God will make sure that we have what we need. God’s provision should motivate us to be generous toward God’s work. But Sunday Greg turned it around and pointed out that God is trusting us with what He provides for us. And through that trust, we should be both empowered and humbled at the same time. When we see ourselves as entrusted it makes all the difference. While we may feel the weight of responsibility, we can also recognize the opportunity to help make a difference. We can begin to see our opportunity to give as the opportunity that it is and not an obligation.
The Bible is a very practical book, it provides us wisdom to use in our everyday lives. Greg closed the message with four biblical pieces of wisdom when it comes to our money.
– Use only what God provides (live within our means)
– Provide for our own and our families needs (take care of the necessities)
– Be significantly generous
– Then, enjoy our blessings
I look forward to hearing the second part of this wisdom on Sunday.