Why Can’t We Talk About This, Part II
What does the Bible say to do with the money you have (or the money God has given you), besides to be generous with it, or to tithe it?
Let me give you some insights from the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25, specifically verses 14-18.
- Do spend it with discernment. There are four Biblical principles concerning the allocation of your funds. Our church models these principles.
- The Tithe. 10% of our budget goes to missions with the goal of increasing that amount.
- Anonymous Giving. Jesus said, “Don’t let your right hand know what your left hand is doing.” We give to glorify God, not self. No big donors can hold the church hostage.
- Wise Accountability. We have several safeguards in place to spend wisely. First, no one counts the money alone. Two, if an item is over a certain cost it requires approval by the Elders. Third, we go into a “Budget Freeze” if the general fund falls below a certain number.
- Excellent without extravagance. God deserves our best- not our leftovers.
- Don’t waste it with recklessness. There are two habits that can easily entrap you with how you spend your money. 1) Overspending. You buy more than you can afford. 2) False Security. A man’s life does not consist of the things he possesses or how large the bankroll is. The more we possess it seems the harder it is to give it away.
- Do invest it with eternity in mind. Jesus said, “―Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.‖
What do you do with the money God has entrusted you? Do you invest merely for the here and now or do you think how your spending could impact eternity?
Note: Content of this post comes from a sermon by Dave Stone and Bob Russell.