What does God say about Money?
Why does God need my money anyway? Well, the fact is that He doesn’t need it. When He invites us to contribute to His cause, He invites us into work that is near to His heart.
The poor. The widows. The orphans. The visitors in the land. God mentions these groups of people dozens of times in the Bible, and every time He does it’s in the framework of His love for them. He wants us to take care of them in His name.
So we freely give our time and talent when we go down to Amazing Love homeless ministry or to one of the juvenile incarceration facilities we sponsor, or any of dozens of other places where we serve. But practically speaking, it’s money that makes these places possible. And God’s plan for providing money to these places is us. Sure, He could do it another way, but then we’d miss out on the blessing of generosity.
The whole idea behind giving money to God is to open the floodgates of His blessings for not only the groups of people He wants us to help, but also for us. God is not a taker. He’s a giver, and He wants us to experience the joy of giving with Him. Have you read what happens when we give our money to God’s work?
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. “Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.
We give God money, and He gives us more so we can give Him more so He can give us more. We can’t out-give God. He’s got a never-ending supply.
So, let’s say you don’t want to give your money to God. What happens? Nothing. He still loves you. He still wants what’s best for you. Nothing happens. But that’s the problem. God’s hand is on His blessing faucet; ready to open the floodgates. When we give to His cause, He turns on that faucet and overwhelms us with blessings. There just isn’t a downside to giving to God.
Have you noticed that God doesn’t force us to do anything we don’t want to do? He wants us to want to work with Him. Given a choice between having our money or our hearts, He’ll take our hearts every time. So follow your heart, it’ll lead you to God. And He will guide you into a life of generosity from which His blessings flow.