“Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need… They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.” (Acts 2:45-47, NIV)
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By Rev. Phillip Leo, Church Communications Director
A millennial friend recently told me he gives to charities that fight diabetes. He gives to his church, too – but there’s a personal connection to the cause of diabetes. His father suffers from this disease, so giving to find a cure feels just that much more personal.
There’s a growing threat to believers, with the potential for catastrophe developing right under our noses.
“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give.’” (Exodus 25:1-2, NIV)
During worship a few Sundays ago, I watched a preacher turn the sometimes sleepy time of offering on its head.
So, share my paycheck. That’s the idea. My work – my paycheck – is directly linked to sharing with those in need in Ephesians 4:28 (NIV).
But my paycheck? Sharing?
Why is it so difficult to hear and even more difficult to do?
How majestic to consider a God who keeps His people no matter what! How impressive it is to realize the Romans 8:39 truth that nothing can “separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” God’s people persevere, not by means of gritty determination, but because of a God who has bound Himself to them once and for all.
We aren’t fooled when money gets pitted against ministry. We know it’s a setup!