186 Bible Reading Plan — Day 52

📆 52 – 💎11 Money is a sensitive subject for church goers. There was a man who wouldn’t go to church at the beginning of the year because “that’s when they come for your money.”

Everyone has an idea about how much money you should give to the church. Even in Paul s time during the first century, there was an unwillingness to depart with cash.

Paul gave them a method for giving in 1 Corinthians 16:

  • On the first day of every week,
  • Set aside some money from your income, and,
  • Save it until he gets there.

Most of the Corinthians were not Jewish and didn’t know much about the Mosaic Law’s instructions on giving.

Paul kept it simple, support God’s people in the work they are doing, make it a habit, look at your income and determine how much you should give, save it so that it won’t be the focus of his visit.

Note, Paul did not call it “The Apostle gift” or the Churches gift. It was support for missionaries.

God wants us to be cheerful givers and generous givers.

If you feel a pit in your stomach everyone someone asks you for money, you should reflect as to why that is.

Could it be that you don’t trust the church to manage the money (that is a legitimate concern). Or maybe you feel like you won’t have enough for later on in life or an emergency.

Money is important to our existence, that’s why God talks about it in the Bible. He wants you to know that how you use your treasure (money) reflects the attitude of your heart.

Listen to Jesus when he says, “Freely you have received, freely give.” Matthew 10v8

Giving is a heart response.

Remember, the Word of God speaks most clearly when you are reading the Bible.

Read Scriptures for Day 52 here.