Being a “cheerful giver” in tough times

JP: Good read by Jonathan Rourke from the book Right Thinking in a World Gone Wrong: A Biblical Response to Today’s Most Controversial Issues

Stewardship and Giving

Excerpt:

How can we, as believers, worship God with our financial resources while at the same time rejecting temptations that lead to idolatry and covetousness? The answer is found in giving to the Lord and His purposes. When we give our money to the work of the gospel, we not only demonstrate our heartfelt love for God (2 Cor. 9:7), we also store up for ourselves treasure in heaven (Matt. 6:16–24).

Giving to the Lord helps Christians overcome the temptation to hoard their riches (Matt. 6:19–21). Those who are successful at acquiring financial wealth are immediately presented with the temptation to greedily stockpile it. To give is to counteract this temptation by considering the needs of others, rather than being consumed by self-indulgence. Moreover, stockpiling wealth is risky business, since earthly riches have a way of disappearing. Giving, then, is also a means to invest in eternal things, amassing a treasure in heaven that can never be lost. It therefore repositions the heart from being focused on the things of this earth to the things of God.

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