God's Wealth is Not Money
We tend to spend an excessive amount of time thinking about money. How much wealth have we accumulated; will it be enough? There are several industries built around money lending, check cashing, investing, and even some that are just about making the exchange of money more convenient. PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, Cashapp, and others come to mind.
The banking industry is all about making money by making it easier to exchange wealth; in fact, all commerce has been about exchanging and creating wealth.
But the scriptures tell us that our lives are more than about making or accumulating wealth. Paul tells Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:17–19 (NRSV) 17 As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, 19 thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.
In God’s economy, those that follow Him are not judged by what they accumulate in this life! Instead, God wants those who call Christ “Lord and Savior” to help others in His name. He invites us to share and give generously, to do good! It is easy to be condescending to those around us when we live in prosperity and abundance. But we are called to build others up, share, and love one another.
When we donate to help someone, we give to God. When we make an offering to the church, we honor and give back to God. You see, all that we have has been entrusted to us by God, so anything we give to God is a return of what he has given us as a tribute. In the church, our offerings are used for the upkeep and operation of the church. The church provides a place for us to grow closer to God and his followers. The church calls people to hear God, repent of their rebellion against God, and join the congregation in following Jesus Christ.
So come and worship, store up treasures in Heaven and return a portion of the wealth that God has shared with you to His Church.