Where is your treasure?
    June 20 2011 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer

    Does the thought of giving an offering to God seem more like a task instead of a privilege? When you hear your pastor or Bible study leader talk about the importance of giving money to God, do you silently ask the question “why?”

    Do you ever wonder what the right motive is for giving to God?

    We know we can never repay God for all He has done for us. The wonder, power and beauty of the gospel is that we are not expected to do so. Jesus Christ died once and for all as the sacrifice for sin. For those who trust Jesus as their personal Savior, there is no longer condemnation.

    This means that we do not give monetary contributions because we are trying to earn God’s favor. Instead, we should give to God because of our love for the Savior and our desire to obey His commands. The Barna Group recently released a report indicating a drop in the number of Americans giving to a church or religious center.

    The national tithing rate is also down, as Barna reports that four percent of adults in America tithe, a decrease from last year’s seven percent.

    When I see numbers like this I can’t help but think about Matthew 6:21 which says, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

    If we are not giving back a portion to God of what is already His — is our treasure really in heaven or is it in our checkbooks? We should give our tithe not out of a sense of duty or because it’s just a good thing to do. We give because we love God — and this is one way we demonstrate that.

    Under the practices of the Old Testament law, the prophet Malachi (3:8) radically declared that we are guilty of stealing from God if we refuse to give tithes and offerings to Him. If you want to be blessed immensely, then don’t give under the law; instead, give with a heart of grace as you are guided by the Holy Spirit.

    Remember the words found in 2 Corinthians 9:6-7: “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”

    Our giving to God also takes on other forms such as our time and our talents. Are you investing time in serving Christ in your local church and home community? Are you using the gifts God has endowed you with in order to bless others?

    Since you received the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, you have been given much. As an expression of gratitude, will you give of your time, your tithes and your talents to glorify God and to bless others in His name? You will discover immeasurable joy when your treasure is in Christ.
    6/20/2011 7:23:00 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 0 comments




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