The Christian and Money [Part 2]   Leave a comment

Christian's Money

Christian’s Money

But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” Mat. 6:3

But when you give to someone in need

It is taken for granted that Christians should give, no matter how much. Caring for the poor, the widows, the orphans and the weak are debts Christians have. Christians have been commissioned to take care of such people.

The Jews called the poor’s box the box of righteousness. That which is given to the poor is said to be their due” – Matthew Henry

Money and gold belong to God (Haggai 2:8). Part of the money God blessed us with is reserved to care for needy people. God has granted poor people some ownership on our earnings. It is their due and it is our duty to give. Are we good stewards of that money God entrusted us to care for the needy? When God calls us to give shall we refuse, give grudgingly or cheerfully as we deem right?

The neighbor of my wife’s uncle is someone who gives grudgingly. One day he came to offer some fruits to my wife’s uncle with this motive “I know you use to eat rubbish, I brought these fruits for you”. It is better not to give if this is the attitude of giving.

There is no specific amount to give as it was under the old covenant. If we have decided in our heart to give cheerfully an amount of money, this is the amount that should be given. Not less, not more.

Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say, They share freely and give generously to the poor.Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” 1 Cor. 9:6-9

James described pure religion as the: “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you” James 1:27

Ministers like Muller, Whitefield, Moody or Spurgeon believed firmly that it was God’s will for them to build orphanages. Their lives were a living testimony of their convictions. Only God knows where all these money came from to feed all these children!

Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.” 1 Tim. 6:17-19

Storing up treasures on this earth is temporary. It will not endure forever. Storing up treasures in heaven is eternal. How then can we have such eternal rewards? By doing good deeds and helping the needy. These good deeds in themselves do not save our soul but render us rich. Good deeds do not bring salvation but they are evidence and fruits of salvation.

The riches you impart form the only wealth you will always retain” – Martial.

Wealthiness is not necessarily a sign of God’s favor. When we think about the story of the rich man and Lazarus, we can deduce that we’ll be judged on the way we manage our wealth. It is not mentioned that the rich man went to hell because he was selfish. However, he did not care for a man who stood at his door. However, he did not care for a man who stood at his door. If God ruled his life, he would have surrendered His wealth to God and help poor Lazarus.

The bible has a lot to say on money and  love. When these 2 words are mentioned together, there’s an evil behind.

At his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus who was covered with sores. As Lazarus lay there longing for scraps from the rich man’s table, the dogs would come and lick his open sores.” Luke 16:20

Jesus made no mention that the rich man lived in debauchery, was a transgressor, adulterous or criminal. What then was this crime that dragged him to hell? The rich man did not suspect nor did family know that this man was heading to hell. His sins were selfishness and unrighteousness.

You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred.” 2 Tim. 3:2

When God’s people wonder why there’s a hole in their pocket ,it’s most probably because God is not the center of their life. They are selfish and worldly things have priority over God’s kingdom.

You looked for much, and behold, it came to little. And when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why? declares the Lord of hosts. Because of my house that lies in ruins, while each of you busies himself with his own house.” Hag 1:9

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Posted May 7, 2015 by Cedric in My writings (English)

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