For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing, imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God. 2 Corinthians 8:3-5
Imagine with me that you are touring a house that you think you might buy. If you’ve been there before in real life, then you know what’s coming.
The realtor shows you the kitchen and the living room. Then they take you to the room that has the best view, maybe even looking out on the ocean. They walk to the window, and as they throw open the curtain, they say, This is the money view, right here.
Well, as we view our money, we will notice that it says, In God We Trust. In fact, this is even our national motto. If we really are trusting in God, then I need to share something with you-the money view of how you view your money. Ready? Here it is:
What I keep is all I have. Okay? What I decide to keep in this culture, in this world, in all that I work for, what I decide to keep is all I have. But what I give, God multiplies.
Now there isn’t a single person reading this who would not benefit from the multiplication of God that comes as we give unto Him. So this time for us, for all of us, is a strategic, money-view time. It’s time to make sure that it’s in God we trust where all of our living, giving, sharing, spending, and earning is concerned, because if we’re not careful in these hard times, then our hearts will grow hard, too.
That’s exactly what the devil would love to see happen to your heart, for it to grow tough towards tithing because times are tough.
What we need, then, is God’s Word poured into our lives so that our hearts remain tender towards the Lord, not tough, realizing that if I’m just going to hold onto all of this, if I’m going to hoard, if I’m going to clench real tight-it is mine, you know-then that’s all you’re ever going to get. But if you give, then God can bless, then God can multiply.
Don’t live in God’s kingdom and blind yourself to the best view in the house. Get the money view-what you keep is all you have, but what you give, God multiplies.
Prayer Lord God,
Thank You for multiplying whatever I give to You! I’m sorry for letting my fears get the best of me during this hard time. Please wash over me with Your Word and Your presence as I choose to trust You again!