Sunday, March 24, 2019
PSALM 50:10,12 NLT 10 For all the animals of the forest are mine, and I own the cattle on a thousand hills. 12 If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for all the world is mine and everything in it.
While giving is a valid part of God's training program for mankind, God's plan is not going to fail if you don't give Him your money.
God does not need money. People need money -- not God. God is after your heart, not your money.
It is ridiculous to think of God being in need, when He can speak and create planets. Just by speaking words, God could create anything He needed or wanted.
Yet I believe in giving to God and practice it. Why?
Because I need God's help and blessing. God does not need what I have to offer Him, but I certainly need what He has to offer me. So I give to God as an expression of worship and gratitude.
How can we give to God? Obviously, we can't put money directly in His hand.
But Jesus said that if you did something to even the least of His brethren, it was as if you did it to Him. (Matthew 25:40)
In the Old Testament people gave to God by giving to those He appointed as priests. Fortunately, under the New Covenant, we can go directly to God through Jesus Christ, without needing a priest as an intermediary. However, the New Testament still indicates that those who spread the Gospel are to be supported by our giving to God.
1 CORINTHIANS 9:13-14 NLT 13 Don't you realize that those who work in the temple get their meals from the offerings brought to the temple? And those who serve at the altar get a share of the sacrificial offerings. 14 In the same way, the Lord ordered that those who preach the Good News should be supported by those who benefit from it.
So it is Scriptural to give to those who are spreading the Gospel. But it is wrong to think God is totally dependent on human giving of money to accomplish His plan.
I do give to other ministers including some who spend great amounts of money spreading Biblical teaching through various media. So I am not against spending money to spread the Gospel. I am just against the idea that this is the only way God could do it, and that God is somehow dependent on my giving.
As an example, when the communists took over in China, they forced all the missionaries to leave the country, leaving around one million believers with no obvious help or support. They had no Christian TV or radio, no Bible schools, no Christian publishing houses, no help from anyone but God. Yet it has been acknowledged that the number of believers grew to about one hundred million during the years they were cut off from all outside help. God will not be stopped!
Even if all preachers in the world were killed today, and all Christian media was banned, God would still be at work, and would still bring to pass His will.
We should use every available means to bless others and spread the message of Jesus Christ. But we must never make the error of thinking God's plan will fail because of a lack of money.
SAY THIS: God does not need my money, but I need what God has to offer me.
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