In yesterday’s verse, James presented his readers with a scenario of two men showing up at church – a rich man wearing a gold ring and nice clothes, and a poor man wearing shabby clothes. He continues the illustration in verse 3…
and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” (James 2:3)
If we’re not careful, we can show favouritism to wealthy people in the church, giving them a place of prominence simply because they give a lot to the church. The big givers can feel a sense of ownership in the church, knowing that the congregation depends greatly on the resources they provide.
When I was in full-time ministry, I was happy to be able to say that I did not know what people gave. (We had financial people who kept track of those details.) A person could have given $10 or $10,000 to the church in a year, and I would not have known the difference.
Regardless of how much or how little you are able to give to your church, I offer you this challenge: don’t think of it as your money. It stopped being your money the moment you placed it on the offering plate. In fact, it was not your money to begin with. It was God’s money that He provided for you to use. Yes, you worked hard for it, but God gave you the ability to work, and provided a job for you.
If you are able to provide a large percentage of the church’s resources, thank the Lord for blessing you so that you can be a blessing to your church. Pray for your church leadership, that they will have wisdom to utilize the finances in a way that honours God.
Today’s Good News is that we have the opportunity to bless our churches financially, and support the Lord’s work.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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