Give it Up!

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“In the same way, none of you who are unwilling to give up all of your possessions can be my disciple” (Luke 14:33, Common English Bible).

Here is a question for you to consider this morning. Why do we trust God with everything but our money?

We in the church love to say we trust God. We will even go into great detail of all the ways we trust God or show our trust in God. But, our giving and our commitment to giving show something entirely different.

As a pastor I often hear people say, “I give by giving my time.” And, in many, if not most cases it comes from people who do give their time. That, however, is only part of the equation.

I also know many who will give freely of their money but are very protective of their time. In other words, they are willing to throw money at the problem but they aren’t willing to give of themselves.

We talk a lot in the church about tithing and how “it is the Biblical standard” for giving. That really isn’t true. It is more accurate to say tithing is the minimum Biblical standard. If we are truly giving, this should be the bottom line of our gifts. I have heard it said, until we are tithing, we are not really giving.

Additionally, in the verse above and in the story of the Rich Young Man, Jesus is saying something more, we have to give up all our possessions in order to be a disciple. If we read that literally, and many say that is the way they read Scripture, we own nothing and really we should have nothing. To my way of thinking, such would include both our money and our time.

I actually think this isn’t something intended literally but as a condition of our hearts. In our hearts, everything we have, when we enter the faith, should belong to God. The deed to the house may have our name on it, but we know it really belongs to God. The title to the car may have our name on it, but it really belongs to God. God allows us to use them. God allows us to be stewards over them. But in reality, they are not ours, they are Gods.

Then, when it becomes time to place money in the offering plate or when it comes time to be involved in a ministry requiring our time, we give from glad and generous hearts because all we have isn’t ours to begin with. If I see everything I have as belonging to God, it is easy to give because it wasn’t mine to begin with.

In reality, if we don’t trust God with our money (all our possessions for that matter) and our time, we don’t trust God at all.

Have a blessed day in the Lord – oh, and go to church and worship – and give of your time and money.

Grace and Peace,
Keith

Copyright 2016, James “Keith” Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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