Focal Passage: 2 Corinthians 8:1-9
Just as Paul used the example of the Macedonian churches, who gave out of their poverty, to challenge the believers in Corinth to excel in the grace of giving, I would like to provide a few practical exercises to help us move forward in using our money for Kingdom purposes.
First, personalize God’s money. Because God owns all things, He allows us to manage His money while on earth. I have learned that when I assign God’s money a name it forces me to clarify its purpose. For example, if I have cash in my pocket, but have not personalized it I may spend it on things that are unhealthy for me like too many sodas or candy. I believe we spend money more frivolously when it is not given a purpose. We could easily take the $5 a day we spend on coffee each month and sponsor a pastor in Haiti who lives on $150 a month.
Second, practice giving like God gives to you. How often does God bless you in spite of your unfaithfulness? Several years ago, I decided since God gives to me even when I don’t deserve it that I would try to model that by tipping waiters and waitresses 20 percent of the bill regardless of their service. Sometimes, that has been challenging when the service is bad, but I always try to use the opportunity for Kingdom purposes.
Third, practice random acts of kindness with God’s money. I love going to church with $5 in my pocket, and I pray for God to show me who I could bless. There is a lot of fun in being God’s secret agent. When you give on God’s behalf, people get excited because they know God was thinking about them, regardless of the amount. You can also pay for people’s food in the drive-thru line behind you. Please know your generosity can be a powerful witness to the gospel of Christ.
There are numerous other examples we could apply to our finances. Just remember, make your money count because you will be held accountable for your money.