Advancing the Kingdom

Have you ever thought of being intentional with your giving – so that you can be a part of advancing the kingdom of God? Unfortunately, many don’t consider the benefits of using economic resources for spiritual purposes like Jesus talks about in Luke 16. Sunday, I talked about what happens when we start “placing treasure” toward kingdom causes:

1. We align ourselves with God’s agenda.
2. Part of God’s “To Do” List Is accomplished.
3. God allocates funds toward our heavenly account.
4. God is pleased with our giving.
5. God extends his personal resources to us.

The truth is, at the end of life, the only thing that will matter is what you and I invest with the Lord. So, how are you coming?

Can I share with you one secret that has helped Andrea and I to be more faithful in this area of giving? We started giving to God FIRST – before we made the mortgage payment and even before we went to Wal-mart. We found that if we waited until after we paid the bills, it affected how much we thought we could give. By prioritizing God, and giving to him first, it kept us from short-changing our offering. Proverbs 3:9 says, “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.”

One of the most practical things that has helped us to be more disciplined, is to give our tithe online. Like many, we now pay the majority of our bills through an online bill-paying service offered by our personal bank. Our bank cuts the check and even mails it to the church for us. We never see it, so there’s no chance of misplacing it or holding it until a later date. And when we have to miss church, we can still be faithful in our giving. What might happen before is, I would write a check, but get busy on Sunday morning and possibly forget to put it in the offering. I might find it days later in my pocket, then have to remember to put it in the offering next week (if the money was still there). It’s not that we didn’t want to be consistent; we just didn’t have an avenue that worked for us. This works for us. If giving online helps you to be faithful, then why not take advantage of it?

Remember, we have one brief opportunity – a life time on earth – to use our resources to make a difference.

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