“The only investment I ever made which has paid consistently increasing dividends is the money I have given to the Lord.”
– J.L. Kraft, head of the Kraft Cheese Corporation
When mapping out financial priorities, some may ask “when is the best time to start giving?” Is it after the debt is paid off, when your financially secure, when the retirement is fully funded or when it feels right? I submit that giving is not a priority that should be based on your convenience, but rather it is a matter of the heart. The Bible does not tell us to give once we’ve reached a certain financial milestone, giving is a sacrifice that when approached with the correct attitude is done out of love.
And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.” (Luke 21:1-4)
A mite is a Roman coin that was worth the least amount in that day. This woman made a sacrifice, and even though numerically it may not have been considered much, Jesus said she gave more than all. Her giving was not regulated or motivated by her net worth. Her giving was a testimony of her trust and love for God.
It All Belongs to God
Say this with me: “It’s not my money…It’s God’s money!” Everything belongs to the Creator!
Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me. (Job 41:11)
This mindset shifts our giving from self-centered to God-centered. It’s no longer a question of “can I afford to”, but rather….”God, this is your money, you’ve entrusted me with it…now, what would you have me to do”
“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7