2021 STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN
There is much in Scripture that is said about our money and how we choose to use it. On the first Sunday of this month, Max Weaver shared with us what Jesus says in Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” The way that we choose to spend our money says a lot about what we value the most in life. Among all the resources we possess in our world, money is one of the most sought after and closely guarded. Money often brings with it a sense of safety and security. We can fall into the trap of believing that if we just had enough money then all our problems would vanish. However, time after time, we have seen this idea proven wrong. The real blessing from money comes not in having a lot of it, but in using it well.
Using our money well first means recognizing that all we have comes from God. All our material blessings are ours not because of what we have done, but because God has chosen to bless us with them. We give then not out of obligation, but out of a grateful heart that is thankful to God for all that He has done for us. There is a reason that giving is a spiritual discipline. Like any discipline, it can be very difficult at first, perhaps even painful. We can stress over the amount we give and wonder if our bank accounts can stand giving even the smallest amount away. Giving is without question an act of faith and trust. It requires that we trust God to take our money and use it well, but it also requires that we trust God will take care of us too. In the end, the discipline of giving is one that leads us into a deeper trust in God through one of our most valuable resources. What we will find in the end though is that as we practice this spiritual discipline and grow stronger in it, the rewards that we will reap from it will become greater and greater.