Dogs that are normally good-natured can completely change their personality when they become obsessed with food, water or a ball. Dogs are not nice to be around when they are obsessed. And neither are people. Especially when those people are obsessed with money.
The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 6:10,
For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
Money isn’t the problem, an obsession with money is the problem. This same apostle Paul reminded Timothy one day about Jesus’ antidote to an obsession with money. This conversation is recorded in Acts 20:35,
You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
If the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil…then the giving of money is the root of all kinds of blessing and joy. Jesus didn’t say you are NOT blessed when you receive. There is great blessing in receiving. He just said you are MORE blessed when you give than when you receive. Giving shifts your focus from money to generosity, and from yourself to others.
- When you give you get to partner with God in building his church, through deciding with him in our heart how much to give, and by giving cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7)
- When you give you increase our trust in God (2 Corinthians 9:6, 10-11)
- When you give to the church that you are part of, it shifts your perspective from ‘them’ to ‘us’.
When you give, God will be blessed because you are partnering with him. When you give, you will be blessed. You will have greater trust in God, you will be provided for by God and you’ll get to be part of what God is doing through us together. When you give, others will be blessed. Their lives will change, they will be impacted and they will also be blessed as they receive.
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This post was written by Geoff Snook.