New Journey Fellowship
|Posted on February 24, 2015 at 7:50 PM|
1. Saving money is hard.
2. Owing Money is Dumb.
3. Saving Money must be a priority.
4. Giving Money is Good
I know this is the one that you have all been waiting for. Everyone knows that when a Pastor starts talking about money there is always going to be a commercial. Well, I would first want to point out that I was not a pastor for far more years than I have been a pastor. Further, as a lay-pastor I still hold down a regular job that God has given me and uses to provide for my needs and the needs of my family. In other words, any thing I say here applies just as much to me as it does to you.
In the Old Testament, God promised Israel that if they gave a tithe that He would "rebuke the devourer" for their sakes. (Malachi 3:11) In fact, in the same passage, He challenged Israel to put Him to the test. He said " Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith,’ saith the LORD of hosts, ‘if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it."(Malachi 3:10)
Now, I realize that this was written specifically to the nation of Israel, but I believe that the application is still for us today. The problem is, we just don't believe it. We want to pay our bills first, and then give to God. We want to use human wisdom rather than depending upon God. Now I know that there are many of you who might question the whole aspect of the tithe, after all, that was part of the Old Testament Law, and of course today we are free from the requirements. Well, that is true, but the tithe goes back before the Law was given. Do you remember the story of when Abraham gave a tithe to Melchizedek? It's an interesting point, but wasn't Melchizedek a "type" of Christ?
Furthermore, the truth is, the Old Testament Jew gave more than simply a tenth of their income. (But all this is a subject for a further discussion.) In the New Testament we are told "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."(Luke 6:38) So whether you believe in tithing or not, the NT clearly teaches us to give. I Corinthians 16:2 tells us "...let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him...".
But why should we give? Well, first of all, I believe that it is a recognition that every thing that we have came from God. Then, it is a matter of faith and obedience. Finally, as Dave Ramsey tells us, we should give because God is a giver and as we give we become more like our Father. (John 3:16)
- Pastor Tim