Where Your Treasure Is…Posted: May 20, 2013
From Keith Anderson
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.
Living in a world where we are trained to obtain stuff: clothes, electronics, toys, etc., it’s hard to not fall into the trap that we deserve to treat ourselves to more. It’s easy to put giving on delay while we save for something we need to make our lives easier. And it’s difficult to remember how rich we truly are.
Over the past few weeks, however, the community of St. Paul’s avoided the trap, didn’t delay, remembered, and as a result, exhibited true generosity. Vince gave a message on money that’s not easy for pastors to deliver, but one that Jesus didn’t shy away from either. Tom came forward and spoke on ways we can apply God’s word on money through Compassion International and MAAC.
Because our church family has been so gracious with our wallets and pocketbooks over the past year, St Paul’s was able to write a check to MAAC that will provide food, shelter, clothing, and advocacy for dozens of people in our community. Through Tom’s influence and encouragement, 15 children in South America, Central America, Asia, and India were given an opportunity for a new beginning through Compassion sponsorships. These children, in addition to those already sponsored by St. Paul’s families, will have basic needs met; but more importantly, will receive spiritual teaching and mentorship throughout their childhood. And the potential for who they share their blessings with is endless.
It’s often difficult to remember that nothing we have been given or earned on this Earth is truly ours. None of it belongs to us. Without God’s influence on our socioeconomic and family background, education, and job opportunities, we would have nothing. We are simply stewards of what we own, and what we do with “our stuff” can either draw us into greater selfishness, or have amazing eternal outcomes.
Just as highly-addictive consumerism can be, giving can be addictive as well. And when giving becomes something your heart loves to do, it’s amazing to see how God blesses your life. I’d love to hear from you about how God has blessed you as you have sponsored Compassion children over the years, or how he is currently blessing you as you decide to take Vince up on some of the challenges he has delivered over the past few weeks: donate to MAAC, sponsor a child, give to your local church, tithe, or give sacrificially. Please leave a comment on the blog or on Facebook. Don’t feel as though you are bragging about yourself…after all, it’s not really your money. Use this as an opportunity to encourage others to allow God to bless their lives.