“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)
“The preacher never stopped talking about money.
The congregation clutched their billfolds and squirmed.
He told them not to worry so much about stuff that’ll rot and rust.
He told them that the folding stuff was not the currency to buy meaning and happiness.
He singled out one man and told him to sell everything and then give the proceeds to the poor.
He had them shaking their heads when he said, “Happy are the poor.”
As a result, some of the best dressed stomped out, their noses in the air.
A few of the wealthy and powerful slipped quietly into a back room and had a contract put out on the young preacher’s life.
And it only cost them thirty pieces of silver.”
[--George White in his article “Money Talk” in alive now magazine (May/June 1986)]
According to Jesus (the “young preacher” in the story above, in case you didn’t figure it out), there’s no more deeply and thorough subject in the Bible than how we handle our money and possessions.
So, does your giving through East Cobb UMC accurately reflect your commitment to God? Is it sacrificial, generous, and a regular? Or is it a mere token… the left-overs of whatever you don’t need anyway, given whenever you “get around to it”? God wants (and deserves) more than our left-overs and an occasional consideration by us.
If you’re not already, I encourage and challenge us all to remember that where we put our “treasure”, our heart follows – making the converse also true: if our heart is with God, our “treasure” show follow that, too. My prayer is that your giving will be generous and truly match the heart you have for God. Remember, God loves you and I do, too!