Vision Sunday Church News
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21
Money is a very sensitive issue in our society. Though many still struggle overall we enjoy a prosperous lifestyle. In the media we are constantly bombarded with messages designed to help us spend our money in a certain way, or save it in a certain plan, or sometimes to help others less unfortunate. Most have plenty but there is still a tendency to guard our money closely.
he Lord Jesus understands the problem that money can represent for us. In fact 15% of all that Jesus taught related to money. In Matthew 6:19-21 Jesus’ teaching is very clear - “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Our lives, money and possessions on earth are temporary, so it’s far better to invest in God’s kingdom. Jesus understands all too well that what we value most will become the centre of our lives.
So how do we shift our focus away from worldly attitudes to money to a more Godly focus? Well the first step if you aren’t giving is to start, no matter whether you are on a large or small income. As Jesus observed … He looked up and saw the rich dropping their offerings into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow dropping in two tiny coins. “I tell you the truth,” He said. “This poor widow has put in more than all of them. For all these people have put in gifts out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.” Luke 21:1-4. Start where you can, but, and this leads to the next step, don’t stop there. Make it an aim to grow your giving and the joy of generosity for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Cor 9:7. One final tip - once you have prayerfully decided what you are willing to give, give to God first and not out of what’s left.
Talking about money at church is always a sensitive issue, and it is also true that we continue to rely on faithful giving to run and grow our church. But at a personal level the issues are deeper and more significant than that. Jesus taught us that “You cannot serve both God and money” (Matt 6:24). So it’s worth considering the question – “where is my treasure”?
PS. If you would like resources to help in this area, see our web site www.toongabbieanglican.org.au/about/giving. We also have a limited number of copies of The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn available at the discount price of $5 each (normally $13.99 RRP) – please contact Jon for your copy. Many have found this little book very helpful in thinking about where their treasure is.