I'm a numbers guy. And believe me...somedays the numbers are better than others. Yes, of course I'm talking about money. When I match the money in our personal accounts with how hard I think we've worked, I have to admit that I often times get discouraged. It seems that we are running a marathon and the finish line will never be in sight. Thankfully, the success factor of this life isn't determined by how much money we have accumulated before we die.
There is a pretty humbling story that Jesus tells in the book of Luke. Check this out:
13 Then someone called from the crowd, “Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.”
14 Jesus replied, “Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?” 15 Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”
16 Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. 17 He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ 18 Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. 19 And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’
21 “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”
22 Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear.
Now the Bible has a lot to say about money. It tells us that it is wise to stay out of debt. It tells us to spend our money wisely. And yes, it also tells us to be generous with our money to the poor and to the work of the church. I have a feeling most of the people who will be reading this aren't contemplating on building a bigger barn for their surplus of funds, but you may be thinking about purchasing a new luxury item. I also believe that there are people all around us who are worried about every day life; whether they will have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. This week, I want to challenge you to give away some of your funds to someone in need. Perhaps this week you can begin to develop your generosity muscles by living simple and giving sacrificially.
Now go and give,