Money is a big point of contention in our culture, particularly within Christianity. We do everything in our power to avoid talking about it, and when we do we get very uncomfortable. However, Jesus talked about money all of the time. Many of his parables revolved around money and how to behave with it. But we would rather talk about our sinful behavior and secret temptations than share our giving statements.
Of course, our selfishness is the primary reason money is such a taboo subject. If we don’t have much or don’t use it wisely, we are embarrassed and don’t want our pride to take a hit. If we have a lot of it, we don’t want others to know because then we may be obligated to share more. We just want to hoard it and swim in it like Scrooge McDuck.
Why aren’t we good at sharing more of our money for the glory of God? I realize we want security and comfort, especially as it pertains to retirement. But are there not other expenses we could sacrifice in order to give more? Are there not projects that could be put on hold while we meet some needs within the Church?
When Solomon was building the temple, he spared no expense. He used nails made of gold and put gold and silver plating on everything. He had sculptures made and had a specialist come in from Tyre to handle the detail work.
Solomon used such great quantities of bronze that its weight could not be determined. (2 Chronicles 4:18 NLT)
Let me be amazingly clear: I AM NOT SAYING THAT WE SHOULD PUT MORE MONEY INTO MAKING OUR CHURCHES PRETTIER. Actually, I think that is one of those projects that could (and should) be put on hold...possibly forever.
Solomon built the temple because that’s what God wanted. And we are given a laundry list of things that God wants us to do: feed the hungry, make sure people have clothes, visit prisoners, care for the sick, take care of orphans and widows, meet the needs of Christian brothers and sisters, and do everything in line with the great commission.
I’m not saying that everyone should quit their jobs and become missionaries in South America (unless God tells you to). But stop clutching your fists to hold on to your money. Give to those that have need. Contribute to Godly causes. Feed. Clothe. Visit. Adopt. Love. That’s what you should do with your money. Let’s get to it.