It can be hard to talk about money in the church - most of us have strong feelings and lots of preconceived ideas about how we manage our money. In fact, a lot of people would prefer that the church rarely talk about money, if at all!
I'm no different in that respect, but Jesus teaches about money more than any other topic in the Gospels except the Kingdom of God! Money is important - not just for churches to keep the lights on and the staff paid, but because our attachment to money — really, our attachment to all kinds of stuff — directly impacts our relationship with Jesus.
When we hold tightly to what we have, focusing on how scarce money can be, money holds tightly onto us. When we release our tight grip, practicing generosity, we find a more joyful and generous approach to our personal finances.
When we hold tightly to what we have, focusing on how scarce money can be, money holds tightly onto us.
Jennifer and I have been "tithers" (people who set aside 10% of our income for the church) since we got married. Sometimes that has been easy, and sometimes it has been a real spiritual challenge. But both of us are convinced that our shared commitment to giving generously to the mission of the Gospel has been really good for our relationship.
I've included two new posters that we use at Spirit of Grace to talk about generosity. Take a minute to find out where your ministry impact is right now. And then, no matter where you are on the scale, we would like to challenge you to move up one level. If you're not currently a generous giver, the beginning of Lent is a great time to consider Jesus' words:
Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
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