Thursday, February 2, 2017

I Still Believe in Giving

This Sunday we will be reading about a married couple named Ananias and Sapphira. A couple of weeks ago we said that the ideal church is a group of people empowered by the Holy Spirit who devoted themselves to prayer, Christ's teachings, eating together, and giving of their possessions to those in need. For a brief moment in history the church had great momentum because everyone was DEVOTED and ALL IN. Then we meet Ananias and Sapphira who rain on this parade because they were not fully devoted. They sold their possessions like everyone else but they decided to keep a little on the side for themselves. We shouldn't be surprised that one of the first struggles of the early church revolved around MONEY. 

We are not here to throw Ananias and Sapphira under the bus. We are here to recognize that we have a little bit of them in us. Jesus said where your treasure is there your heart is. We must realize that for many of us we don't have a hold on our money but much more it has a hold on us. The thought of being obedient with a tithe (10 percent of our income to God) is challenging. In fact many of us never live into this ideal. We give a little here and there. 

For many of us we are convinced if we were to live deeper into the ideals God calls us.... we would be impoverished. Forgiving someone seems like weakness. We are convinced if we give a tenth of our income we will be broke. 

Here is another way of looking at it.  Do you entrust God with your heart? Do you entrust God with your things? Do you believe God wills good for your life? Do you believe God is faithful? 

I believe what many of us will discover is that when we give to God is that we are not left impoverished but richly blessed.