Money. I just wanted to go ahead and say the word because it’s a taboo almost in Church. One of my favorite times of the week is to give to the Church. Today our topic is money. So, for years people in church (and people outside the church) have taken shots at churches taking up an offering because, after all, we REALLY sound spiritual when we criticize something that we feel others might possibly agree with.
But hold on…before we say the church is BAD for taking an offering; let’s think through a few other things as well.
If you have ever been to a college or pro football game—they take “an offering!” In fact, you have to pay before THAT “church service” even begins. Sometimes the “services” are good, sometimes not so good…but people still pay money to be there.
If you have ever been to a concert, you “gave an offering.” Concert tickets and experiences are at an all time high, and no one is sitting in the concert angry and complaining out loud that “the only reason they are doing this is because they want my money!”
Anytime we go to see a movie or watch a play at the theater they take “an offering.” You have to pay “the offering” before you enter.
In fact, if we want to get REALLY serious…
Walmart just wants your money.
Apple just wants your money.
Target just wants your money.
Disney World just wants your money.
And yet very few people complain about those places because, well…we tend to not complain about giving money to things we truly value or worship. (Might want to go back and read that last sentence again!)
So, when it comes to taking an offering at church I am genuinely excited for numerous reasons:
- Jesus will provide for me I don’t have to worry about money. (Matthew 6)
- Jesus wants me to be generous. (1 John 3:17, Mark 12:44)
- The Church has a message of hope to share with our community, state, country and world. – (Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 19:10)
- I show that I trust Jesus more than I trust in money. (Luke 12:34)
Christians should be the most generous people in the world. Jesus gave us everything. Why should we hold money back just for our own interest? We should be channels of blessings and not ponds of blessings. Finish out the year by being generous!
“Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Matthew 6:19–2