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Hard Questions the Church is Asking (5 of 7)

March 24, 2010

Where is the line between being responsible for your family (financially), and giving it all up for the Lord?

Let’s begin with the idea of being responsible. I don’t know everyone’s definition of what responsible is, what it looks like. It is true that it would probably be irresponsible to force others to care for the basic necessities of your family because you have given away all of your income. The apostle Paul warned Christians in the ancient city of Thessalonica to work hard in order to care for their own family and other families in need (1st Thessalonians 5:13-14).

I haven’t known a family that was so dedicated to giving everything away to the point they became dependant on others to care for them. I’m not saying it’s never happened, I’m saying it’s rare. Most of us live under the pretense that we are taking care of the needs of our family. In reality, that creates an excuse to continue our self-centered living.

As followers of Jesus, we dedicate and commit everything we have for the advance of the Kingdom. It is wrong for us to believe or behave like we still have the right to hold greedily to our time, abilities, possessions, and income. God’s Word warns that our problem stems from what we won’t give, not from what we have.

I would love for you to start living like you believe God’s kingdom is the greatest investment on earth (it is). We need to live like we believe the riches of this earth are only temporary (they are). We need to stop making excuses and admit that we are selfish (we are), that we’re self-centered people struggling with the demands of Jesus. I will admit it (you can too).

The Bible teaches that if we don’t want o honor God with all that we have (our money included), then we are free to keep it. We can hold onto and even enjoy everything we own. And when the final curtain falls, the temporary treasures we invested in will be our only reward. If you choose to hold onto your money, live it up. You better enjoy them as best you can.

Want another option? I do.

Give your money to God and trust Him for something greater. His promise is not just about heaven. It means that God is going to bless you in this life, on earth, if you choose to give to Him. How much should you give? Until it hurts.

Zach

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March 24, 2010 Posted by | Zach | | 1 Comment